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George Eliot: A Life Paperback – 27 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (27 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140242910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140242911
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This biography of Eliot sets her vividly in the political, social and religious context of the time. She arrived in London in 1851, determined to make her way as a journalist on the "Westminster Review", a paper until then exclusively dominated by men. It was whilst she was working on this journal that she found her writer's voice - ironic, sceptical and broadly sympathizing. The author examines her relationship with Lewes (the subject of a previous biography), his encouragement, battling both against her pride and her fear of failure, her unrequited love for Chapman, her employer on the Review and her love for Spencer, the recipient of her extraordinary love letters, begging attention, yet at the same time strong, self-aware and witty at her own expense. This is a sensitive and revealing portrait of a modern and highly unorthodox life, giving a fuller treatment than any other biography on George Eliot, by an author who has been studying Eliot for 15 years.

About the Author

Rosemary Ashton is Professor of English Literature at University College London. She has written extensively on Victorian literature and is the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Middlemarch. Her previous publications include G.H. Lewes: A Life and the Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography.

She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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