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Daniel Deronda : Wordsworth Classics - ELIOT GEORGE

Daniel Deronda

Wordsworth Classics


Published: 1st March 1996
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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 Derondap. i
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviations and Referencesp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Note on the Textp. xxiii
Select Bibliographyp. xxv
A Chronology of George Eliotp. xxvii
the Spoiled Childp. 3
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"Philistia, Be Thou Glad of Me!"p. 109
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Daniel Derondap. 173
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Maidens Choosingp. 175
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Gwendolen Gets Her Choicep. 260
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Daniel Derondap. 343
Mordecaip. 345
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Revelationsp. 434
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Daniel Derondap. 527
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the Mother and the Sonp. 529
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Fruit and Seedp. 603
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Explanatory Notes (unascribed Chapter Mottoes Are by Ge.)p. 697
Appendix the: Chronology of Daniel Derondap. 725
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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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ISBN: 9781853261763
ISBN-10: 1853261769
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 1st March 1996
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.48