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Romola : Clarendon Edition of the Novels of George Eliot - George Eliot


Clarendon Edition of the Novels of George Eliot

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 1993
ISBN: 9780198125945
Number Of Pages: 770

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Ramola always occupied a special place in George Eliot's own affections, Looking back at the end of her career she remarked 'I felt some wonder that anyone should think I had written anything better'.
The copy text for the Clarendon edition is the serialization in the Cornhill Magazine (July 1862-August 1863), emended to incorporate authorial revisions in the first edition in book form (1863), the Illustrated edition (1865), and the setting copy and proofs of the Cabinet edition (1877-8). A number of manuscript readings are also restored, where it seems likely that the Cornhill compositor misread the handwriting. Changes and deletions in the manuscript are recorded in the apparatus, along with rejected variants from post-Cornhill printings.
Drawings on George Eliot's unpublished journals and notebooks, the introduction gives a comprehensive account of the genesis, composition, and publishing history of the novel: her two visits to Florence; her prodigious preparatory research before she began writing; her negotiations with the publisher George Smith, who offered her the astonishing sum of 10,000 pounds for the book; her correspondence with Frederic Leighton, who illustrated the novel for the Cornhill; and the persistent ill-health and depression that afflicted her throughout the period of composition.
Since its first appearance, Romola has perplexed many of George Eliot's admirers by the range and density of its historical references. Here, in a series of unusually extensive notes, the sources of these allusion are traced and their significance explained. The result is to re-establish the novel as one of the very greatest of her artistic accomplishments - in Henry James's words, 'on the whole the finest thing she wrote'.

Industry Reviews

`The fine introduction and rich annotations constitute a full scholarly book in their own right.' Nineteenth-Century Literature 'Brown's hard copy text and edition is as close to electronic hypertext as is imagineable ... a model of scholarly editing richly laced with information on George Eliot ... Brown's Romola is a must for all English Collections; it is a monument to unageing intellect.' W. Baker, Northern Illinois University, Choice 'Brown's introduction, in which he comments that practically every detail of Romola can be connected to this reading, communicates a sense of discovery which appears to have survived his many years of editorial labour. It is a particularly valuable aspect of his achievement in producing this edition of Romola that it can help open up Eliot's hitherto 'least accessible' novel to a wider variety of readers.' Delia De Sousa Correa, New College, Oxford. Notes and Queries Sept '94 `as meticulous and well-produced as is usual in this series.' English Studies Vol 75 no 6

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: 9780198125945
ISBN-10: 0198125941
Series: Clarendon Edition of the Novels of George Eliot
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 770
Published: 22nd April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 1.11