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Scenes of Clerical Life

ELIOT, George

Published by Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858, 1858
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Domestic Realism, Pathos, and HumorGeorge Eliot's First Works of FictionEliot, George. Scenes of Clerical Life. In Two Volumes. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858.First edition in book form of George Eliot's first works of fiction. Two octavo volumes (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 187 x 117 mm.). [4], 366; [2], 381, [1, blank] pp. Bound without the half-title in Volume I and without the half-title and fly-title in Volume II.Nineteenth-century half dark green hard-grain morocco, ruled in blind, over marbled boards. Spines ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Marbled edges and endpapers. Scattered light foxing and soiling. Marginal paper-flaw to leaf H6 (pp. 123/124) of volume 1 (not affecting text). An excellent set of this rather scarce title.Scenes of Clerical Lifeis the title under whichGeorge Eliot'sfirst published fictional work, a collection of three short stories"The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton," "Mr Gilfil's Love-Story," and "Janet's Repentance,"was released in book form; it was the first of her works to be released under her famous pseudonym.The stories were first published inBlackwood's Magazineover the course of the year 1857, initiallyanonymously, before being released as a two-volume set by Blackwood and Sons in January 1858.The three stories are set during the last twenty years of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century over a fifty year period andtake place in and around the fictional town of Milby in theEnglish Midlands.Each of theScenesconcerns a different Anglican clergyman, but is not necessarily centered upon him.Eliot examines, among other things, the effects of religious reform and the tension between theEstablishedand theDissentingChurches on the clergymen and their congregations, and draws attention to various social issues, such as poverty,alcoholism,anddomestic violence."These at once attracted praise for their domestic realism, pathos, and humour, and speculation about the identity of 'George Eliot', who was widely supposed to be a clergyman or possibly a clergyman's wife" (The Oxford Companion to English Literature).Baker & Ross A3.2. Parrish, p. 7. Sadleir 818. Wolff 2062. Bookseller Inventory # 00003

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Title: Scenes of Clerical Life

Publisher: Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858

Publication Date: 1858

Edition: 1st Edition

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