Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Scenes of Clerical Life (1857)
- Adam Bede (1859)
- The Mill on the Floss (1860)
- Silas Marner (1861)
- Romola (1863)
- Felix Holt, the Radical (1866)
- Middlemarch (1871)
- Daniel Deronda (1876)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Gentlewomen of Evil: An Anthology of Rare Supernatural Stories from the Pens of Victorian Ladies (1967)
- The Darker Sex (2009)
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Scenes of Clerical Life
With an Introduction by Graham Handley Who was the Countess and why does she selfishly ingratiate herself into the poor household of Reverend Amos Barton, curate of Shepperton? The effect on his wife and family, and the responses of his congregation are shown in this, the first of George Eliot’s works of fiction, and one of three short stories, which comprise Scenes of Clerical Life. The Reverend Maynard Gilfil, humble chaplain at Cheverel Manor, was quietly in love with Caterina, a young beauty of Italian extraction living at the manor. But she loved the heir to the estate, Captain Wybrow. Why does she prowl round the grounds at night with a dagger in her pocket? All is revealed in ‘Mr Gilfil’s Love Story’, the second of the ‘Scenes’. Why is the town of Milby so upset by the prospect of lectures from a young evangelical clergyman, Edgar Tryan? What is the connection with the influential lawyer, Robert Dempster? Beneath the respectable surface Dempster is a violent drunk who abuses his wife Janet, already herself struggling with alcohol. Janet turns to Edgar Tryan for help. The third ‘Scene’ is ‘Janet’s Repentance’, a story with remarkably contemporary resonances and proof of George Eliot’s ability to enlighten and interest modern readers. These stories were the first of George Eliot’s published work, appearing in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine in 1857. This edition is published in conjunction with The George Eliot Fellowship to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this event.
George Eliot’s first full length novel, Adam Bede paints a powerful portrait of rural life, seduction, faith, and redemption. First published in 1859, this innovative novel carried its readers back sixty years to a time of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot’s penetrating portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a new social realism to the novel, in which humor and tragedy co exist, and fellow feeling is the mainstay of human relationships. This is the first edition based on Eliot’s final revision of the novel in 1861, using the definitive Clarendon text. It includes Eliot’s journal entry on the real life origins of the story and broadsheet accounts of Mary Voce, whose execution provided the germ of the novel. Carol Martin’s superb Introduction sheds light on the novel’s historical context and some of the main issues it explores: the role of work, class, and relations between the sexes, and Eliot’s belief that the artist’s duty is ‘the faithful representing of commonplace things.’ The book includes comprehensive notes that identify literary and historical allusions. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The Mill on the Floss
The Mill on the Floss. BOOK IV. THE VALLEY OF HUMILIATION. CHAPTER I. a variation of protestantism unknown to EOSSUET. Journeying down the Rhone on a summer’s day, you have perhaps felt the sunshine made dreary by those ruined villages which stud the hanks in certain parts of its course, telling how the swift river once rose, like an angry, destroying god, sweeping down the feeble generations whose breath is in their nostrils, and making their dwellings a desolation. Strange contrast, you may have thought, between the effect produced on us but these dismal Tcmuants of commonplace houses, which in their best days were but the sign of a sordid life, belonging in all its details to our own vulgar era ; and the effect produced by those ruius on the castled Rhine, which have crumbled and mellowed into such harmony with the green and rocky steeps, that they seem to have a natuial fitness, like the mountain pine : nay, even in the day when they wore built they must have had this fitneTable of Contents CONTENTS; VOL II; Book IV; THE VALLEY OF HUMILIATION’ Cbaftr paoa; I A Variation of PROTESTANTism unknown TO BOSSUET 1; II The Torn Nest is pierced bv the Thorns 8; III A Voice from the Past 1G; Book V WHEAT AND TARES; I In the Red Deeps 37; II Aunt Glegg learns the breadth of Bob’s Thumb 54; IIT The Wavering Balance 79; IV Another Love Scene 89; V The Cloven Tree 97; Yl The Hard won Triumphh4; VII A Day of Reckoning 121; 13 Book VI; THE GREAT TEMPTATION; I A Duet in Paradise 130; TI First Impressions 142; III Confidential Moments 161; IV Brother and Sister 167; V Showing that Tom had opened the oyster; 177; VI illustrating the LAWS of attraction 184; VII Pillip RE ENTERS 10D; VIII WAKEM IN A NEW LIGHT 218; IX CHARITY in FULL DRESS 220; X The Spell Seems broken 243; XI In the Lane 252; XII A Family Party 2c1; XIII Borne alsong by the Tide 270; XIV Waking 289; Book VII ; THE FINAL RESCUE ; I Return to the Mill 304; II
Silas Marner CHAPTER I IN the days when the spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread lace, had their toy spinning wheels of polished oak there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain palIid undersized men, who bp the side of the brawny country folk looked like the remnants of a disinherited race. The shepherds dog barked fiercely when one of these alien looking men appeared on the upland, dark against the early winter sunset for what dog likes a figure bent under a heavy bag and these pale men rarely stirred abroad without that mysterious burden. The shepherd himself, though he had good reason to believe that the bag held nothing but flaxen thread, or else the long roh of strong line6 spun from that thread, was not quite sure that this trade of weaving, indispensable though it was, could be carried on entkeIy without the help of the Evil One, In that far off time superstition clung easily round every person or thing that was at all unwonted, or even intermittent and occasional merely, like the visits of the peddler or the knife grinder. No one knew where wandering men had their homes or their origin aqd how was a man to be explained unless you at least knew somebody who knew his father and mother To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery to their untravelled thought a state of wandering was a conception as dim as the winter life of the swallows that came back with the spring and even a settler, if he came from distant parts, hardly ever ceased to be viewed with a remnant of distrust, which would have prevented any surprise if a long course of inoffensive conduct on his part had ended in the commission of a crime especially if he had any reputation for knowledge, or showed any skill in handicraft. All cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself suspicious honest folk, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not over wise or clever at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any ind were acquired was so wholly hidden that they partook of the nature of conjuring. In this way it came to pass that those scattered linen weaversemigrants from the town into the country were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours, and Silas Marner. usually contracted the eccentric habits which belong to a state of loneliness. In the early years of this century such a linen weaver, named Silas Marner, worked at his vocation in a stone cottage that stood among the nutty hedgerows near the village of Raveloe, and not far from the edge of a deserted stone pit. The questionable sound of Silass loom, so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing machine or the simpler rhythm of the flail, had a half fearful fascination for the Raveloe boys, who would often leave off their nutting or birds nesting to peep in at the window of the stone cottage, counterbalancing a certain awe at the mysterious action of the loom by a pleasant sense of scornful superiority, drawn from the mockery of its alternating noises, along with the bent, treadmill attitude of the weaver. But sometimes it happened that Marner, pausing to adjust an irregularity in his thread, became aware of the small scoundrels and though chary of his time, he liked their intrusion so ill that he would descend from his loom, and opening the door would fix on them a gaze that was always enough to make them take to their legs in terror…
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Felix Holt, the Radical
Felix Holt, the Radical INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER. FIVE AND TE I y R e T ar Y’s ago the glory had not yet departed from the old coach roads the great roadside inns were still brilliant with well pollhed tankards, the smiling glances of pretty barmaids, and the repartees of jocose . ostlers the mail dill announad itself by the merry notes of the horn the hedgecutter or the rick thatcher might still know the exact hour by the unfdling yet otherwise meteoeic apparition of the pea green Tally ho or the yellow Independent and elderly gentlemen in pony chaises, quartering nervously to make way for the rolling swinging swiftness, had not ceased to remark that times were finely changed since they used to see the pack horses and hear tbe tinkling of their bells on this very highway. In those days them were pocket boroughs, a Birmingham unrepresented in Parliament and compelled to make strong representations out of it. unrepealed corn laws, threeand sixpenny letters, a brawny and many breeding pauperism, and other departed evils but there were some pleasant things too, which have also departed. Non mu gradior arias puce jugaamw Irobet, says the wise goddess you have not the best of it in all things, 0 youngsters l the elderly man has his enviable memories, and not the least of them is the memory of a long journey in mid spring or autumn on the outside of a stagecoach. Posterity may be shot, like a bullet through a tube, by atmospheric pressure from Winchester to Newcastle that is a fine result to have among our hopes but the l o w old fashioned way of getting from one end of our try to the other is the better thing to have h the memory. The tubejourney can never lend much to picture and narrative it is as barren as an exclamatory 0 1 Whereas the happy outside passenger seated on the box from the dawn to the gloaming gathered enough stories of English life, enough of English labours in town and country, enough aspects of earth and sky, to make episodes for a modem Odyssey. Suppose only that his journey took him through that central plain, watered at one extremity by the Avon, at the other by the Trent. As the morning silvered the meadows with their long lines of bushy willows marking the watercourses, or burnished the golden corn ricks clustered near the long roofs of some midland homestead, he saw the full uddered cows driven from their pasture to the early milking. Perhaps it was the shepherd, head servant of the farm, who drove them, his sheep dog following with a heedless unofficial air as of a beadle in undress. The shepherd with a slow and slouching walk, timed by the walk of grazing beasts, moved aside, as if unwillingly, throwing out a monosyllabic hint to his cattle his glance, accustomed to rest on things very near the earth, seemed to lift itself with difficulty to the coachman. Mail or stage coach for him belonged to that mysterious distant system of things called Gover ment, which, whatever it might be, was no business of his, any more than the most out lying nebula or the coal sacks of the southern hemisphere his solar system was the parish the masters temper and the casualties of lambing time were his region of storms. He cut his bread and bacon with his pocketknife, and felt no bitterness except in the matter of pauper labourers and the bad luck that sent contrarious seasons and the sheep rot. He and his cows were soon left behind, and the homestead too, with its pond overhung by elder trees, its untidy kltcben garden and cone shaped yew tree arbour. THE RADICAL. But everywhere the bushy hedgerows wasted the land with their straggling beauty, shrouded the grassy borders of the pastures with catkined hazels. and tossed their long blackberry branches on the corn fields…
Middlemarch, by George Eliot, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Often called the greatest nineteenth century British novelist, George Eliot the pen name of Mary Ann Evans created in Middlemarch a vast panorama of life in a provincial Midlands town. At the story’s center stands the intellectual and idealistic Dorothea Brooke a character who in many ways resembles Eliot herself. But the very qualities that set Dorothea apart from the materialistic, mean spirited society around her also lead her into a disastrous marriage with a man she mistakes for her soul mate. In a parallel story, young doctor Tertius Lydgate, who is equally idealistic, falls in love with the pretty but vain and superficial Rosamund Vincy, whom he marries to his ruin. Eliot surrounds her main figures with a gallery of characters drawn from every social class, from laborers and shopkeepers to the rising middle class to members of the wealthy, landed gentry. Together they form an extraordinarily rich and precisely detailed portrait of English provincial life in the 1830s. But Dorothea s and Lydgate s struggles to retain their moral integrity in the midst of temptation and tragedy remind us that their world is very much like our own. Strikingly modern in its painful ironies and psychological insight, Middlemarch was pivotal in the shaping of twentieth century literary realism. Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of fourteen books of fiction, non fiction, and poetry, including the novels Disturbances in the Field, Leaving Brooklyn, and In the Family Way, and the memoir Ruined by Reading. Her poetry collection In Solitary and her translation of A Place to Live: Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg appeared in 2002.
Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. George Eliot’s last, most ambitious novel, Daniel Deronda aroused scandal when it first appeared in 1876. What begins as a passionate love story takes a surprising turn into the hidden world of the early Zionist movement in Victorian England. The story opens memorably at a roulette table, where we first meet the young and idealistic Daniel Deronda and the enchanting Gwendolen Harleth whom many critics consider to be George Eliot s finest creation. Although the two are immediately drawn to one another, Gwendolen outwardly alluring and vivacious, inwardly complex and unsettled is forced by circumstance into an oppressive marriage with the harsh aristocratic Henleigh Grandcourt. Deeply unhappy, she turns for friendship to Daniel, only to discover his involvement with Mirah Lapidoth, a talented young Jewish woman. Torn between his devotion to Gwendolen and his passion for Mirah and the plight of her people, Daniel is forced to look at his own mysterious past and find out who he really is and who he wants to become. Earl L. Dachslager is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Houston and an adjunct professor in the University s Distant Education Program. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland. He reviews books regularly for the Houston Chronicle.
The Darker Sex
Ghosts, precognition, suicide and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America’s greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying tales of the supernatural. This anthology showcases some of the best and most representative work by female writers during this period, including Emily Bronte, Mary Braddon, George Eliot and Edith Nesbit, as well as Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Riddell, Louisa Baldwin, Mary Penn, Violet Quirk, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Editor Mike Ashley provides valuable insight into the authors’ lives. Each story still has the ability to shock and frighten and show how Victorian women perfected and developed the Gothic genre.