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The Mill on the Floss : Wordsworth Classics - George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss

Wordsworth Classics

Paperback Published: 5th October 1993
ISBN: 9781853260742
Number Of Pages: 496

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Introduction and Notes by R.T. Jones, Honorary Fellow of the University of York.

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.

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"As one comes back to [Eliot's] books after years of absence they pour out, even against our expectations, the same store of energy and heat, so that we want more than anything to idle in the warmth."
Virginia Woolf

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
Works Cited
For Further Reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781853260742
ISBN-10: 1853260746
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 5th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Type: New edition

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George Eliot

About the Author

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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