By F. B. Pinion
This serious survey of George Eliot's works features a biographical creation and a quick account of the ancient occasions that performed an element in her fiction. various quotations from her letters make sure that the main helpful elements of Eliot's notion are thoroughly conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impact on Thomas Hardy.
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Largely as a result of Marian's high standards and industry, The Westminster Review had recovered much of the prestige it enjoyed as a liberal periodical under John Stuart Mill; but Chapman's lack of business acumen, his inability to reward her financially, and overwork contributed to Marian's discontent early in 1853. When she returned from a holiday at St Leonards in September, she chose lodgings in Cambridge Street, Hyde Park Square. Here, with a landlady and servants, she had less to do and more personal freedom.
John Blackwood was a discerning, intuitive reader but, as a magazine editor, he had continually to bear in mind the exacting tastes of rigidly conventional readers. He was taken aback by the realism of 'Janet's Repentance', referring with scant concern for differences of authorial tone and intention to its 'harsher Thackerayan view of human nature'. Marian agreed that she resembled Thackeray in not excluding 'disagreeable truths' from her presentations of life, but was not 'conscious of being in any way a disciple of his, unless it constitute discipleship to think him, as I suppose the majority of people with any intellect do, on the whole the most powerful of living novelists'.
She had not fallen in love, but her decision not to accept an engagement was made with much emotional reluctance and not without subsequent regret. Relief came at intervals, and she enjoyed giving Mary Sibree weekly German lessons at Bird Grove. In April 1845 Harriet Martineau was a guest at Atherstone Hall; Mary Ann dined with her, and found her charming, full of the marvels of mesmerism. After visiting London with Charles Bray to meet Mrs Bray and Sara Hennell, she went with the Brays to see Macready as Brutus in julius Caesar at Birmingham.
A George Eliot Companion: Literary Achievement and Modern Significance by F. B. Pinion