George Eliot, Voice of a Century: A Biography

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Karl shows how Eliot's break from respectable womanhood by running off with the married George Henry Lewes allowed her to begin her career as the major British novelist of the nineteenth century. Often, she drew upon her own life to create her plots and characters. She set several of her masterworks - Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Felix Holt, and Middlemarch - in the England of the past and her youth to show a complex portrait of society and character - one that captures us today with its moral dilemmas and psychological shrewdness.

Frederick R. Karl's magisterial biography of George Eliot proves her to be one of the most fascinating and iconic individuals of her time. Born in 1819 as Mary Anne Evans, she grew up near rural Coventry when the pastoral life was being destroyed by the rapid rise of industrialism. Her father, Robert Evans, took care of an estate, where the family lived. Eliot, his youngest child, absorbed the world around her, its beauty and its delicate sense of stability, which was about to be thoroughly disrupted. Eliot thrived on learning while she stayed home, taking care of her aging father. Upon his death, she began her long process of emergence and change. Her unusual intelligence and literary capacity brought her to the attention of John Chapman, who enlisted her to work on the intellectual Westminster Review in London. While there she met some of the leading thinkers of her era, including Herbert Spencer. Karl focuses on her relationships with these men in a way earlier biographers have been unable, using many letters and documents previously unavailable.

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The past 30 years have already given us a comprehensive, dispassionate biography of the great 19th-century novelist by Gordon Haight and a persuasive feminist rethinking by Ruby Redinger. Frederick Karl, notable for his thoughtful portraits of Kafka and Conrad, adds a valuable new perspective by depicting George Eliot as a writer whose life and work incarnated "the ambiguities, the anguish, and divisiveness of the Victorian era." This approach enables him to analyze her shortcomings as a woman and an artist without seeming personally hostile towards Eliot. Massive yet highly readable in the best Victorian tradition.

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'This is a weighty and authoritative biography which takes account of the latest available scholarship...It gives more than adequate representation of the moral and intellectual distinction which George Eliot carried with her everywhere--the distinction of her work, of course, but also the distinctiveness of her thwarted, striated, and passionate nature.' --Peter Ackroyd, 'London Times'

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