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George Eliot

Woman of Contradictions

The true story of George Eliot ... What emerges is a woman whose life was more dramatic than anything she permitted her heroines.
- Daily Mail

Ina Taylor's book will send its readers back to the novels, which is what a good biography ought to do.
- The Times

This lively and radical biography explodes the myth that has surrounded George Eliot for over a century. Basing her evidence on extensive new reasearch, Ina Taylor shows us the real George Eliot, a woman of passion, sensuality and fierce intellect, whose personal life shocked society but whose novels won her lasting admiration.

Ina Taylor 1989 George Eliot: Woman of Contradictions London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson ISBN 0-297-81091-X GBP7.95

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Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of illustrations
  • What's new about George Eliot?
  • 1 A proud race
  • 2 The long sad years of youth, 1819 - 1836
  • 3 Neither use nor ornament, 1836 - 1841
  • 4 You excommunicate me, 1841 - 1843
  • 5 Rosehill and the inhabitants of that paradise, 1842 - 1849
  • 6 His inspiration has so quickened my faculties, 1842 - 1849
  • 7 Metamorphosis, 1849 - 1850
  • 8 The wicked Westminster, 1851
  • 9 The man question, 1852 - 1853
  • 10 I am a heathen and an outlaw, 1853 - 1854
  • 11 An infamous seduction, 1854 - 1855
  • 12 A new era of my life, 1855 - 1857
  • 13 I certainly care a good deal for the money, 1858 - 1863
  • 14 Changing the image, 1863 - 1869
  • 15 Honour and homage, 1870 - 1878
  • 16 I am now determined to live as bravely as I can, 1878 - 1880
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices
  • Notes and references
  • Select bibliograpy
  • Index

Links

Visit the The George Eliot Fellowship for a listing of events, lectures etc.

Read Kathleen Adam's essay entitled George Eliot: A Woman in Advance of Her Time: A Short Pen Picture.

Read George Eliot's Middlemarch, Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner in full online at Bibliomania.