For this new edition, the text has been reset in a larger typeface for ease of reading. Backgrounds helps readers understand Eliot's ideas on life and art with generous selections from her letters, journals, essays, and other fictional works. Contemporary Reviews records the impressions of Sidney Colvin, Henry James, Joseph Jacobs, and Leslie Stephen. Recent Criticism collects eleven essays-seven of them new to this edition-which center on the vel's major themes. Contributors include Mark Schorer, Jerome Beaty, Cherry Wilhelm, Robert Heilman, Lee R. Edwards, Alan Mintz, T. R. Wright, Matthew Rich, Alan Shelston, and Claudia Moscovici. A Chrology and Selected Bibliography are included.
Born Mary Ann Evans, Victorian novelist George Eliot (1819-1880) is the author of a number of remarkable works, including the masterpiece Middlemarch. Bert G. Hornback is emeritus professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received two university awards for distinguished teaching. Since 1992, he is professor of humanities at Bellarmine College in Louisville. He is the author of five books on nineteenth-century English fiction, past president of the Dickens Society, and director of the Center for the Advancement of Peripheral Thought.
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