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5.0 out of 5 starsEssays from a Genius20 May 2013
By Unclepeacock - Published on Amazon.com
When the reading public discovered that Eliot was a woman, they didn't know whether to condemn her for being an arrogant woman who thought she could write...or praise her for writing so well. And write well she does; from the humorous to the tragic. The Essays reveal another side to the great author. An excellent read.
By a peculiar thermometric adjustment, when a woman’s talent is at zero, journalistic approbation is at the boiling pitch; when she attains mediocrity, it is already at no more than summer heat; and if ever she reaches excellence, critical enthusiasm drops to the freezing point.
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In the majority of woman’s books you see that kind of facility which springs from the absence of any high standard; that fertility in imbecile combination or feeble imitation which a little self-criticism would check and reduce to barrenness;