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George Eliot George Willis Cooke

George Eliot By George Willis Cooke

George Eliot by George Willis Cooke


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Unlike Mathilde Blind's biography, Cooke's Study seeks to prioritise the interpretation and criticism of Eliot's works. As such, the book represents a major and important examination of Eliot's writing as a whole. Providing occasional responses to Blind's work, it also supplies insights into the contemporary reception of George Eliot.

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George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy by George Willis Cooke

American Unitarian minister George Willis Cooke (1848-1923) worked for almost thirty years in Unitarian churches across the United States before turning full-time to scholarly pursuits in 1900. Cooke, a voracious reader who was largely self-taught, attended Meadville Theological School in Illinois but never graduated. A radical in theology and politics, he was drawn to the transcendentalist authors and in 1881 published a critical study of the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cooke's George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy (1883) probably emerged from those same philosophical impulses. The book was published just after Blind's biography, but Cooke asserts that with a small exception his work was complete when hers appeared; moreover, his study prioritises the act of 'interpreting and criticising [Eliot's] teachings' over the details of her life, and the book's organisation reflects this hierarchy, giving insights into the contemporary reception of George Eliot.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Early life; 2. Translator and editor; 3. Marriage; 4. Career as an author; 5. Personal characteristics; 6. Literary traits and tendencies; 7. Theory of the novel; 8. Poetic methods; 9. Philosophic attitude; 10. Distinctive teachings; 11. Religious tendencies; 12. Ethical spirit; 13. Earlier novels; 14. Romola; 15. Felix Holt and Middlemarch; 16. Daniel Deronda; 17. The Spanish Gypsy and other poems; 18. Later essays; 19. The analytic method; 20. The limitations of her thought; 21. Bibliography; Index.

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NLS9781108019613
9781108019613
1108019617
George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy by George Willis Cooke
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-09-16
450
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