By F. B. Pinion
This serious survey of George Eliot's works incorporates a biographical advent and a short account of the old occasions that performed an element in her fiction. a variety of quotations from her letters make sure that the main worthwhile facets of Eliot's idea are competently conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impact on Thomas Hardy.
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She read much more widely. One of her greatest discoveries was Richardson's St"r Charles Grandison. 47). Disraeli made her impatient: 'The man hath good veins, as Bacon would say, but there is not enough blood in them', she wrote of Sybil; Tancred seemed very 'thin'. 48); however 'diabolical' the law by which its central conflict is resolved to satisfy the demands of Victorian morality, there is a nobility in the heroine's 'self-sacrifice' to which the more mature George Eliot would not have remained blind.
On the last day of 1857 she wrote in her journal: My life has deepened unspeakably during the last year: I feel a greater capacity for moral and intellectual enjoyment; a more acute sense of my deficiencies in the past; a more solemn desire George Eliot's Life 29 to be faithful to coming duties than I remember at any former period of my life. And my happiness has deepened too: the blessedness of a perfect love and union grows daily. I have had some severe suffering this year from anxiety about my sister, and what will probably be a final separation from her - there has been no other trouble.
He was also a gifted dramatic critic. In 1850 he and Thornton Hunt (son of Leigh Hunt) had founded The Leader, a weekly newspaper. Lewes's wife was beautiful and accomplished, and they had been very happy. He had travelled 24 A George Eliot Companion extensively to meet people or pursue research in Germany and France, and as an actor and lecturer at home. They held Shelleyan views on love and marriage. The youngest of their four children (all boys) died in March 1850. Shortly afterwards Mrs Lewes gave birth to a son, eighteen months later to a daughter, both the off· spring of Thornton Hunt.
A George Eliot Companion: Literary Achievement and Modern Significance by F. B. Pinion