By F. B. Pinion
This serious survey of George Eliot's works features a biographical creation and a short account of the ancient occasions that performed an element in her fiction. a variety of quotations from her letters make sure that the main beneficial points of Eliot's proposal are effectively conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impact on Thomas Hardy.
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Controversy was heightened by the publication of A dam Be de. Correspondence in The Times led to Marian's intervention, and the identity of George Eliot (spotted by Barbara Bodichon in Algiers solely on the evidence of reviews) had to be made public in the summerof1859. Grundyan disapproval of'Mrs Lewes' undoubtedly affected the sale of her books, and some critics were quick to find moral taint and godlessness in them. Liggins died in the workhouse at Chilvers Cot on, the 'College' of 'Amos Barton', in 1872.
In the autumn a restful period was spent at Blackbrook, Bickley, Kent, a house they had thought of leasing for a year. Attending one of the Priory receptions in November, John Fiske, assistant librarian at Harvard, found Lewes utterly fascinating, and nothing masculine in George Eliot save her mind. She did not talk like a bluestocking; Spencer thought her 'the female Shakespeare, so to speak', and Fiske imagined he was not far wrong. Marian had read much on the Jews in preparation for Daniel Deronda; her espousal of Zionism had been fostered by the memory of Emanuel Deutsch, a scholarly cataloguer at the British Museum who had given her lessons in Hebrew, and who had died recently of cancer in Alexandria.
They bought a grand piano and had a Beethoven evening. The next day she began Romola, but she was soon buried in 'musty old antiquities' again, and more despondent than ever. She finished a summary of the plot in December, and began Romola again on New Year's Day, 1862. George Smith came to see Lewes on the publication of his 'Studies in Animal Life', which had appeared in the first numbers of The Comhill, and made 'a magnificent offer' for Marian's next novel. 'This made me think about money - but it is better for me not to be rich', she wrote.
A George Eliot Companion: Literary Achievement and Modern Significance by F. B. Pinion