George Eliot: The Last Victorian

Professor of Life Writing School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing Kathryn Hughes

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Synopsis: Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot (1819-1880) achieved lasting renown with the novels Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and Adam Bede. Her masterworks were written after years of living an unconventional life, including a scandalous voyage to Europe with the married writer and editor George Henry Lewes. The scandal intensified when she moved in with Lewes after he separated from his wife. Eliot re-entered London's social life years later, when her literary success made it impossible for respectable society to dismiss her (even Queen Victoria enjoyed her books). She counted among her friends and supporters Dickens, Trollope, and several other Victorian literati. In this intimate biography, author Hughes provides insight into Eliot's life and work, weighing Eliot's motivations for her controversial actions, and examining the paradoxical Victorian society which she documented to perfection in her novels.

Review: It was a scandal when Victorian society realised that the morally sensitive novelist George Eliot was Marian Evans, lover of the married freethinking journalist George Henry Lewes. It was easier to sling accusations of loose morals than to contemplate the very high ethical standards of a value system all the more rigorous for being self-devised. Kathryn Hughes' excellent new biography of the woman who became one of the most appealing of Victorian sages has, at its heart, a sense of just how scandalous George Eliot was in her day and how much courage and nervous energy she had to expend in living a life by her own rules. Hughes suggests, convincingly, that this energy is heavily paralleled in the virtue shared by her most attractive central characters, a capacity to endure and stand by righteousness. And there is also a capacity to feel pain--Hughes attaches this, but not reductively, to the rejection of Eliot by her family for her apostasy to freethinking agnosticism from the Evangelical Christianity in which she grew up. Eliot's has always been a powerful story because she achieved intellectual independence as well as artistic success in a society loaded against her by propriety and sexism; Hughes does it full justice. --Roz Kaveney

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Title: George Eliot: The Last Victorian
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication Date: 2013
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