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Romola - George Eliot


Published: August 1996
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Set in late fifteenth-century Italy, in the Renaissance Florence of Machiavelli and the Medicis, Romola (1862-3) is the most exotic and adventurous of George Eliot's novels. It charts the career and martyrdom of the charismatic religious leader Savonarola, who rebelled against the humanistspirit of the age and burned books on a "bonfire of vanities." With this story, Eliot brilliantly reconstructs in vivid detail a turning-point in the intellectual history of Europe. Eliot's own favorite among her novels, this edition's notes supply biographical information on the numerous historicalfigures in the novel, identify quotations and often difficult allusions, and give translations of all Italian words and phrases.

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.

Oxford World's Classicsp. i
Oxford World's Classicsp. ii
Introductionp. vii
Note On The Textp. xxiii
Select Bibliographyp. xxv
A Chronology Of George Eliotp. xxvi
[july 1862] Proemp. 3
The Shipwrecked Strangerp. 11
p. 11
A Breakfast for Lovep. 24
The Barber's Shopp. 28
First Impressionsp. 39
The Blind Scholar and His Daughterp. 43
Dawning Hopesp. 57
A Learned Squabblep. 72
A Face in the Crowdp. 78
A Man's Ransomp. 90
Under the Plane-Treep. 98
Tito's Dilemmap. 110
The Prize is Nearly Graspedp. 113
The Shadow of Nemesisp. 125
The Peasants' Fairp. 132
The Dying Messagep. 147
A Florentine Jokep. 155
Under the Loggiap. 168
The Portraitp. 175
The Old Man's Hopep. 181
The Day of the Betrothalp. 185
Florence Expects a Guestp. 195
p. 195
The Prisonersp. 202
After-Thoughtsp. 210
Inside the Duomop. 213
Outside the Duomop. 219
The Garment of Fearp. 224
The Young Wifep. 230
The Painted Recordp. 240
A Moment of Triumphp. 245
The Avenger's Secretp. 252
Fruit is Seedp. 261
A Revelationp. 266
Baldassarre Makes an Acquaintancep. 277
No Place for Repentancep. 285
What Florence Was Thinking ofp. 296
Ariadne Discrowns Herselfp. 300
The Tabernacle Unlockedp. 310
[february 1863] Chapter XXXVIII the Black Marks Become Magicalp. 315
A Supper in the Rucellai Gardensp. 321
An Arresting Voicep. 337
Coming Backp. 346
Romola in Her Placep. 349
Book IIIp. 349
The Unseen Madonnap. 356
The Visible Madonnap. 362
At the Barber's Shopp. 368
By a Street Lampp. 376
[april 1863] Chapter Xlvii Checkp. 385
Counter Checkp. 388
The Pyramid of Vanitiesp. 394
Tessa Abroad and at Homep. 400
Monna Brigida's Conversionp. 410
[may 1863] Chapter Lii a Prophetessp. 415
On San Miniatop. 421
The Evening and the Morningp. 426
Waitingp. 430
The Other Wifep. 433
[june 1863] Chapter Lvii Why Tito Was Safep. 445
A Final Understandingp. 451
Pleadingp. 456
The Scaffoldp. 465
Drifting Awayp. 471
[july 1863] Chapter Lxii the Benedictionp. 476
Ripening Schemesp. 480
The Prophet in His Cellp. 491
The Trial by Firep. 500
A Masque of the Furiesp. 507
Waiting by the Riverp. 511
Romola's Wakingp. 518
Homewardp. 527
Meeting Againp. 530
The Confessionp. 535
The Last Silencep. 541
Epiloguep. 545
Explanatory Notesp. 549
Glossary Of Italian Wordsp. 620
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ISBN: 9780140434705
ISBN-10: 0140434704
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: August 1996
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 14.0  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 19.9

George Eliot

Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity.

She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances. An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. They lived together as man and wife, but Lewes was unable to divorce his wife from his failed marriage.

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