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Romola : Penguin Classics - George Eliot


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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.



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      Romola, like most George Eliot novels, gives me insights into the moral dilemmas of women in times when their intelligence was not valued, but also has helped me understand how many dilemmas women face today. All beautifully written but needs patience to sort out the historical culture and mores.

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      "George Eliot's humanity colors all her other gifts--her humor, her morality, and her exquisite rhetoric." --Henry James George Eliot s humanity colors all her other gifts her humor, her morality, and her exquisite rhetoric. Henry James"

      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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      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: 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
      Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 14.0  x 2.8
      Weight (kg): 0.47
      Edition Number: 2