Eliot, George

One of Victorian England's greatest novelists, one of world's foremost women writers

Price: $225.00

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(b. Mary Ann, or Marian, Evans, also known as M. E. Lewes, 1819-1880) British novelist, one of the most important writers of European fiction. Eliot was raised with a strong evangelical piety but broke with religious orthodoxy in her 20s. She worked as a translator, critic, and a subeditor of the Westminster Review (1851-54). Later she turned to fiction, adopting a masculine pseudonym to evade prejudice against women novelists. She first brought out “Scenes of Clerical Life” (1858), followed by classic works “Adam Bede” (1859), “The Mill on the Floss” (1860), “Silas Marner” (1861), “Romola” (1862-63), “Felix Holt, the Radical” (1866), and “Daniel Deronda” (1876). Her masterpiece, “Middlemarch” (1871-72), provides a thorough study of every class of provincial society. The method of psychological analysis she developed became characteristic of modern fiction. Lived for 24 years with journalist, philosopher, and critic George Henry Lewes (1817-78), a married man, with whom she enjoyed a happy, albeit scandalous, liaison; their Sunday-afternoon salons were a brilliant feature of Victorian life. ½ x 6 ¼ closing two lines with signature “MELewes” clipped from an ALS; with portrait for framing.

Condition: Good, slightly uneven and close at bottom edge, ink a tad light, faint clip stain at left
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