This novel, based on George Eliot's own experiences of provincial life, is a masterpiece of ambiguity in which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age.
As the headstrong Maggie Tulliver grows into womanhood, the deep love which she has for her brother Tom turns into conflict, because she cannot reconcile his bourgeois standards with her own lively intelligence. Maggie is unable to adapt to her community or break free from it, and the result, on more than one level, is tragedy.
AUTHOR Mary Anne (Mary Ann, Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 22 December 1880), 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 insight. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously.
Female authors were published 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.
|About this Series Introduction A Note on the Text|
|The Mill on the Floss|
|Literary and Cultural Contexts|
|"The Natural History of German Life" (1856)|
|"Brother and Sister" (1869)|
|"Looking Inward" and "Looking Backward" from Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879)|
|from Satan's Devices; or the Political History of the Devil (1726)|
|from An History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774)|
|from Studies in Animal Life (1862)|
|Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Critical Responses Unsigned review from Spectator|
|April 1860 Unsigned review from Saturday Review, April 14, 1860|
|from The Times, May19, 1860|
|from George Eliot (1987)|
|"Water rights and the 'crossing o' breeds': Chiastic exchange in The Mill on the Floss" (1992)|
|"'I will ferry thee across': The Meaning of Fluvialism in George Eliot's|
|The Mill on the Floss" (1999) Chronology of The Mill on the Floss George Eliot: Chronology|
|For Further Reading|
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Series: Wordsworth Classics
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 5th October 1993
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.6 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29