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George Eliot (1819 – 1880)

Nationality: British Periods: British: 19th Century

writer of Middlemarch

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George Eliot
Book-length work of biography of Eliot, with commentary and criticism.
Contains: Full Bio, Commentary, Criticism
Author: Blind, Mathilde
From: London: W.H. Allen and Co., 1883
George Eliot and the Visual Arts
“This study of George Eliot’s pictorialism will begin with a biographical chapter surveying her knowledge of art, artists, and the literature of art. The next two chapters will characterize her taste in painting and sculpture and discuss the role of painting in her theory of the novel — her version of the traditional doctrine of ut pictura poesis. These backgrounds having been fixed, the remaining chapters will focus upon the actual uses of painting in her fiction, examining the four principal genres that she loved to recreate: portraiture, sacred and heroic history painting, genre painting, and landscape.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Hugh Witemeyer
From: The Victorian Web New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979
George Eliot: Symbol, Image, Motif
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
From: Victorian Web
The Political and Social Novel: Disraeli, Charles Kingsley, Mrs. Gazskell, “George Eliot”
This lengthy analysis of the authors’ lives and work includes sections on “The reaction against Romanticism”, “Benjamin Disraeli”, “Charles Kingsley “, “Kingsley�s lectures and essays”, “Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell”, and “George Eliot; Her early years.”
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Sir A. W. Ward
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part One, The Nineteenth Century, II

Biographical sites about George Eliot

‘Dear Old Griff’: Early Years, 1819-28
This first chapter from a biography on Eliot discusses the author’s childhood.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Kathryn Hughes
From: George Eliot: The Last Victorian Chapter 1; Farrar Straus Giroux: 1998
George Eliot: Biographical Materials
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Full Bio
From: Victorian Web
Keywords: life, history, biography

Other sites about George Eliot

George Eliot’s Writings
This list of works contains links to online text versions sorted by fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations.
Contains: Works List
From: George Eliot Archive

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013