By George Levine

ISBN-10: 052166473X

ISBN-13: 9780521664738

This quantity of particularly commissioned essays offers obtainable introductions to all features of George Eliot's writing via probably the most amazing new and proven students and critics of Victorian literature. The essays are complete, scholarly and lucidly written, and even as supply unique insights into the paintings of 1 of an important Victorian novelists, and into her complicated and sometimes scandalous occupation. With its supplementary fabric, together with a chronology and a consultant to additional studying, this significant other is a useful device for students and scholars alike.

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As she wrote to Blackwood, “For several reasons I am very anxious to retain my incognito for some time to come, and to an author not already famous, anonymity is the highest prestige. Besides, if George Eliot turn out to be a dull dog and an ineffective writer – a mere flash in the pan – I, for one, am determined to cut him on the first intimation of that disagreeable fact” (2:309–10). Although Blackwood may well have guessed who his new author was, he ran a conservative family magazine and was just as happy not to know the truth too exactly.

He was an adept at languages, drama and drama criticism, continental literature and philosophy, and science, and had published a number of books and many articles by the time he met Marian Evans in his mid-thirties. At that time he was coediting the journal the Leader with his friend Thornton Hunt, and serving 27 ro s e m a r i e b o d e n h e i m e r as its main literary and drama critic. Fatefully for George Eliot, Thornton Hunt was also cofathering Lewes’s family. George Henry Lewes and his wife Agnew Jervis Lewes had three sons, after which Agnes began an affair with Thornton Hunt that eventually produced four more children.

A more serious friendship developed during her editorial years with the philosopher-sociologist Herbert Spencer, with whom Marian spent a good deal of time walking, talking, and going to opera and theater. She fell in love – he did not – yet they managed to maintain their friendship. Marian’s extraordinary capacity for emotional honesty comes through again in a letter she wrote to Spencer asking for his companionship if not his love: “I want to know if you can assure me that you will not forsake me, and that you will always be with me as much as you can and share your thoughts and feelings with me.

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