The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob (Penguin Classics)

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Latimer, the narrator of The Lifted Veil, possesses an uncanny ability to see into the minds of others and to divine the future, including the moment of his own death. The gift of being able to read the private thoughts and emotions of his fellow men soon becomes a curse to Latimer, for he is horrified by what he discovers. Afflicted by his burden of knowledge, he is driven to marry the cold-hearted coquette Bertha - the only person whose mind seems closed to him, until it is too late. This volume also includes George Eliot's only other short fictional work; the satirical fable Brother Jacob, in which the mercenary schemes of a devious confectioner are unconsciously thwarted by the childlike innocence of his 'idiot' brother.

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George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans Cross) was born on November 22, 1819 at Arbury Farm, Warwickshire, England. She received an ordinary education and, upon leaving school at the age of sixteen, embarked on a program of independent study to further her intellectual growth. In 1841 she moved with her father to Coventry, where the influences of “skeptics and rationalists” swayed her from an intense religious devoutness to an eventual break with the church. The death of her father in 1849 left her with a small legacy and the freedom to pursue her literary inclinations. In 1851 she became the assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a position she held for three years. In 1854 came the fated meeting with George Henry Lewes, the gifted editor of The Leader, who was to become her adviser and companion for the next twenty-four years. Her first book, Scenes of a Clerical Life (1858), was followed by Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), and Middlemarch (1872). The death of Lewes, in 1878, left her stricken and lonely. On May 6, 1880, she married John Cross, a friend of long standing, and after a brief illness she died on December 22 of that year, in London.

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