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Life of George Eliot Oscar Browning

Life of George Eliot By Oscar Browning

Life of George Eliot by Oscar Browning


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George Eliot (1819-80) was possibly the greatest of the Victorian novelists. This biography by her friend, Eton master and historian Oscar Browning (1837-1923), published in 1890, offers an affectionate account of her literary and social achievements, as well as some of the more controversial aspects of her life.

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Life of George Eliot by Oscar Browning

'George Eliot' was the pseudonym of Marian Evans (1819-80), possibly the greatest of the Victorian novelists, whose works include The Mill on the Floss (1860), Middlemarch (1871-2) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Her personal life was complex - she was an independent woman who challenged social conventions. Her friend, Eton master and historian Oscar Browning (1837-1923), was moved to write this affectionate assessment of her life, and it was published in 1890, offering 'no claims ... but a friendship of fifteen years, and a deep and unswerving devotion to her mind and character'. Browning takes a chronological approach, focusing mainly on the beginnings of Eliot's writing career and on her novels, while adding recollections of their encounters. He also writes with candour about Eliot's relationship and cohabitation with the married writer G. H. Lewes (1817-78), which transgressed the social norms of the period.

Table of Contents

1. Present general views with regard to George Eliot's work; 2. George Eliot settles down at Richmond to a literary life; 3. The idea of Romola results from visit to Florence during Italian tour; 4. More poetical productions; 5. Which of George Eliot's novels ranks highest?; Index.

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NLS9781108040495
9781108040495
1108040497
Life of George Eliot by Oscar Browning
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2011-12-08
194
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