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George Eliot - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), author of Silas Marner; nineteenth century English literature
George Eliot   (1819 - 1880)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  November 22, 1819
Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England
 
Died:  December 22, 1880
Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, England
 
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George Eliot - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/2/1861     George Eliot and Silas Marner
On this day in 1861, George Eliot's Silas Marner was published. Though generally viewed as one of Eliot's minor works, it was as popular among readers when it came out as her earlier Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss; the book has also attracted attention for the parallel found between the old weaver's life of misery and redemption and Eliot's own.
12/22/1880     George Eliot: "The Sage of Unbelief"
On this day in 1880 George Eliot died, aged sixty-one. Eliot's last decade was both a literary and social triumph. Understandably, given that the doors of high society had been slammed in her face for so long, she showed every sign of enjoying the victory: "Lords and Ladies, poets and cabinet ministers, artists and men of science, crowd upon us...."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Adam Bede
fiction
 
Daniel Deronda
fiction
 
George Eliot's Pulse
literary criticism
 
Middlemarch
fiction
 
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
fiction
 
The Journals of George Eliot
by George Eliot, Margaret Harris (Editor), Judith Johnston (Editor)
journals
 
The Mill on the Floss
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Eliot: Middlemarch
by Karen Chase
guide, literary criticism
 
George Eliot: The Last Victorian
by Kathryn Hughes
biography
 
Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot
by John Rignall (Editor)
guide, biography, literary history
 
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Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (New York University)
Offers synopses and commentary from a medical perspective on works including "The Lifted Veil," Middlemarch, and Adam Bebe:

"Her famous disquisition on a realist aesthetic, in chapter seventeen [of Adam Bebe], draws on the mid-century trend toward realism in both science and literature. Dismissing the commonplace that a clinical realism implied an inhuman distance, George Eliot argues that a clear-eyed refusal to prettify the world, and careful attention to the details of even humble lives and unpleasant events, actually promotes the 'deep human sympathy' that was central to her secular ethics."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts of Adam Bebe, Brother Jacob, Daniel Deronda, The Lifted Veil, Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner.
TeacherVision.com
This online lesson plan for Silas Marner provides a background to the novel, an overview of characters, chapter-by-chapter synopsis, suggested writing and dramatic classroom activities, discussion questions, a vocabulary list, notes on historical references and allusions, notes on foreshadow, irony, and symbolism, and an extended bibliography of suggested fiction and critical reading. A useful resource for teachers.

"The themes themselves are interconnected, just as the plot lines merge and are mutually supportive. The importance of individual responsibility, both to oneself and to others, is examined, as are the respective roles of fate and the consequence of conscious choices. These issues are mingled with the contrast between materialism and human values. All these matters are set against differing social classes. The themes can no more be isolated and listed than can the plots be disentangled and retain their force. This intricate meshing of components marks Silas Marner as a deftly wrought work of art."
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