At a glance:
- Author: Ina Taylor
- First Published: 1989
- Type of Work: Biography
- Time of Work: 1819-1880
- Setting: Nuneaton and Grift; Warwickshire, England; Coventry; London; and, briefly, Germany, Switzerland, and other parts of the Continent
- Characters: George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, John Walter Cross
- Genres: Criticism, Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Journalism or journalists, Sex or sexuality, Gender roles, Psychology or psychologists, Nineteenth century, Literature, Novelists, Morality or morals, Victorian era or Victorianism
- Locales: England, Germany, Switzerland
Ina Taylor’s concise, often acidulous study of George Eliot is full of unexpected delights for the reader. But the author fails to prove her central thesis: that Eliot—novelist, translatoi; editor, and intellectual—was “a woman of contradictions.” To be sure, Taylor views her subject in an unfamiliar, decidedly harsher light. Previous biographies—from John Walter Cross’s near-idolatrous arrangement of her letters and diaries in George Eliot’s Life as Related in her Letters and Journals (1881) to Gordon S. Haight’s classic George Eliot: A Biography (1968)—have...
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