With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Carole Jones, freelance writer and researcher. George Eliot's final novel, Daniel Deronda (1876), follows the intertwining lives of the beautiful but spoiled and selfish Gwendolene Harleth and the selfless yet alienated Daniel Deronda, as they search for personal and vocational fulfilment and sympathetic relationship.
Set largely in the degenerate English aristocratic society of the 1860s, Daniel Deronda charts their search for meaningful lives against a background of imperialism, the oppression of women, and racial and religious prejudice. Gwendolen's attempts to escape a sadistic relationship and atone for past actions catalyse her friendship with Deronda, while his search for origins leads him, via Judaism, to a quest for moral growth. Eliot's radical dual narrative constantly challenges all solutions and ensures that the novel is as controversial now, as when it first appeared.
About the Author:
George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), one of the leading writers of Victorian times. Like many of her contemporary female writers, she published her books using a male name in order to be taken seriously. Her novels, including 'Adam Bede', 'The Mill on the Floss' and 'Middlemarch', have remained perennially popular and the subject of numerous television adaptations.
Review by John Purcell
In Middlemarch, George Eliot gives us the portrait of a village – its people, its workings, its politics, its secrets, loves, misfortunes and hopes. We close the book wiser having experienced life at large from the safety of our chair.
If Eliot’s Middlemarch is her attempt to explain the meaning of life by looking outward towards the vastness of the universe, as it were, then Daniel Deronda is her attempt to find the meaning of life looking inward at the atomic world, the building blocks of life.
In Daniel Deronda, Eliot invites us to inhabit the lives of a very select cast of extraordinary characters. On this smaller stage, she delves more deeply into the minds of her characters - their motivations, their hopes, their personal development, their prejudices - and we are drawn in and experience decisions being made as if we are making them.
This is one of the most intelligent and rewarding books I have read. Daniel Deronda is a complex character; his passage from youth to manhood feels complete in all its details. It is remarkably moving. And the conversations undertaken in the book are brilliant. I promise you’ll be jotting down life-changing quotes on nearly every page.
|Oxford World's Classics Daniel Deronda||p. i|
|Abbreviations and References||p. vii|
|Note on the Text||p. xxiii|
|Select Bibliography||p. xxv|
|A Chronology of George Eliot||p. xxvii|
|the Spoiled Child||p. 3|
|"Philistia, Be Thou Glad of Me!"||p. 109|
|Daniel Deronda||p. 173|
|Maidens Choosing||p. 175|
|Gwendolen Gets Her Choice||p. 260|
|Daniel Deronda||p. 343|
|Daniel Deronda||p. 527|
|the Mother and the Son||p. 529|
|Fruit and Seed||p. 603|
|Explanatory Notes (unascribed Chapter Mottoes Are by Ge.)||p. 697|
|Appendix the: Chronology of Daniel Deronda||p. 725|
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Series: Wordsworth Classics
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 1st March 1996
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.47