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George Eliot in Love

Brenda Maddox

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

George Eliot is one of the most celebrated novelists in history. Her books, including Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede, are as appreciated now as they were in the nineteenth century. Yet her nonconformist and captivating personal life—a compelling story in itself—is not well known. Ridiculed as an ugly duckling, Eliot violated strict social codes by living with a married man for most of her adult life. Soon after he died, she married a much younger man who attempted suicide during their honeymoon. The obstacles Eliot overcame in her life informed her work and have made her legacy an enduring one.
Brenda Maddox brings her lively style to bear on the intersection of Eliot’s life and novels. She delves into the human side of this larger-than-life figure, revealing the pleasure and pain behind the intellectual’s public face. The result is a deeply personal biography that sheds new light on a woman who lived life on her own terms and altered the literary landscape in the process. 

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"[A] jaunty sketch of Eliot's life."--The Guardian

“Here, we get a clear and absorbing sense of Eliot, not as public intellectual or thinker, but as a human being, silly, on occasion, like us.”--Telegraph

"This brief life is lively, compressed, fluent, sympathetic, and well-written."--The George Eliot Review

"George Eliot in Love by Brenda Maddox will prove thoroughly enjoyable to those who have read her novels and open the door to new readers with this deeply personal biography of a woman who lived on her own terms and altered the literary landscape in the process."-Bookviews.com

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Brenda Maddox

  • Brenda Maddox is an award-winning author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, The Times, and New Statesman. Her book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA won the Los Angeles Times Science Book Award for 2002 and her book D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the Whitbread Biography Prize. Her book Nora was made into a film starring Ewan McGregor. She lives in London and Wales.
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George Eliot in Love

Brenda Maddox

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