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5.0 out of 5 stars George Eliot Revealed, 12 July 1999
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This review is from: George Eliot: The Last Victorian (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading George Eliot the last Victorian by Kathryn Hughes which is a fascinating account of the scandalous life led by Eliot who turned her back on Victorian society in order to live life as she chose. When reading the biography it is hard to remember that Kathryn Hughes has not actually met George Eliot since she appears to know her so well and write affectionately about her as one might a close friend. This book not only describes the life, loves and works of George Eliot but also paints a vivid picture of Victorian literary circles. I feel I now have a much better understanding of the obstacles that Eliot had to overcome in order to write and therefore can appreciate her works all the more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brings George Eliot to life, 28 July 2010
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Scholarly but very readable. I knew nothing about George Eliot other than that she shocked Victorian society by living with a married man, George Henry Lewes. (In fact, Lewes's wife never begrudged this relationship, as she had several children by her own lover ... and George Eliot supported the whole brood).
As ever, Kathryn Hughes brings her subject alive. Fascinating that George Eliot, that literary giant, was so emotionally needy and bu the end of this biography you feel you have known her for many years. Didn't enjoy it as much as Hughes's biography of Mrs Beeton, but that's only because Mrs Beeton was such a cracking good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An affectionate picture of George Elliot, 19 Feb 1999
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An amazing insight into the constraints society put upon Victorian women and the stultifying existence of the intelligent woman. Kathryn Hughes reveals the determination that George Elliot had to have to rebel against society,live as she chose and publish what she wanted to write.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and research biography, 10 May 2012
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Despite the unfortunate title (George Elliot may have supported but definitely didn't live by Victorian family values) and misleading cover picture (Elliot was definitely not a looker..) the book itself is very well written and the narrative gives historical perspective to Marian's unconventional personal story. Having read through it, it is astounding what influence she had on the literary scene in England considering the small number of books she written and even smaller number of books which are readable today. Overall well worth the read for the personal story and the historical perspective.
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