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As Daniel Deronda opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulette-table, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper classes. And while Gwendolen loses everything and becomes trapped in an oppressive marriage, Deronda's fortunes take a different turn. After a dramatic encounter with the young Jewish woman Mirah, he becomes involved in a search for her lost family and finds himself drawn into ever-deeper sympathies with Jewish aspirations and identity. 'I meant everything in the book to be related to everything else,' wrote George Eliot of her last and perhaps most ambitious novel, and in weaving her plot strands together she created a bold and richly textured picture of British society and the Jewish experience within it.
In his introduction, Terence Cave examines the ways in which the novel stands apart from earlier and contemporary works in its romance and realism, in its characters' search for identity and in its defiance of prejudice.
About the Author
Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator and later editor of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, MIDDLEMARCH, and DANIEL DERONDA.
""Daniel Deronda" is a startling and unexpected novel . . . it is a cosmic myth, a world history, and a morality play." --A. S. Byatt
|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: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 896
Published: February 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.2 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2