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"What do I think of glory?": On Middlemarch by George Eliot
"What do I think of Middlemarch? What do I think of glory?" This is the famous reply Emily Dickinson wrote to her bookish cousins in 1873 after her first reading of George Eliot’s novel. Dickinson’s sentiments were also ...
George Henry Lewes, the Real Man of Science Behind George Eliot's Fictional Pedants
This paper demonstrates that George Eliot drew on George Henry Lewes’s actual experience as an emerging scientist in her depiction of two fictional scholars, Edward Casaubon of Middlemarch and Proteus Merman, a lesser-known ...
The Role of George Henry Lewes in George Eliot's Career: A Reconsideration
Rilett's article examines the "protection" and "encouragement" George Henry Lewes provided to Eliot throughout her fiction-writing career. According to biographers, Lewes showed his selfless devotion to Eliot by encouraging ...
Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot's Response to Walt Whitman
George Eliot and Walt Whitman, two of the most influential writers of the nineteenth century, are rarely discussed in relation to one another. They did not correspond, nor did either writer ever cross the Atlantic. There ...
George Eliot in Romantic Biofiction
Book review of The Honeymoon, by Dinitia Smith, published 2016 by Other Press