George Eliot

Standard Name: Eliot, George
Birth Name: Mary Anne Evans
Nickname: Polly
Nickname: Pollian
Self-constructed Name: Mary Ann Evans
Self-constructed Name: Marian Evans
Self-constructed Name: Marian Evans Lewes
Pseudonym: George Eliot
Pseudonym: Felix Holt
Married Name: Mary Anne Cross
GE , one of the major novelists of the nineteenth century and a leading practitioner of fictional realism, was a professional woman of letters who also worked as an editor and journalist, and left a substantial body of essays, reviews, translations on controversial topics, and poetry.


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Friends, Associates Anna Brownell Jameson
A close friendship developed between ABJ and the future Geroge Eliot, who thought highly of Jameson's work. It was at a literary gathering held in ABJ's home that Barbara Leigh Smith (later Bodichon) first met...
Friends, Associates Adelaide Kemble
The friends of her married life included the artist Leighton , sculptor Hattie Hosmer , authors Charles Hamilton Aïdé , Henry Greville , William Makepeace Thackeray , and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning . She...
Friends, Associates May Laffan
She exchanged letters with both George Augustin Macmillan and Sir George Grove . Her social circle while she was visiting London included a surprisingly large number of literary names. Rhoda Broughton was a friend of...
Health Adrienne Rich
After her third delivery she decided to be sterilised, though she met with social disapproval even from nurses caring for her in hospital: Had yourself spayed, did you?
O’Mahoney, John. “Poet and Pioneer: Adrienne Rich”. The Guardian, pp. Review 20 - 3.
She later recalled her isolation during...
Intertextuality and Influence Charlotte O'Conor Eccles
COCE headed her book with two lines from Thomas Campion : Alas, poor book . . . go spread thy papery wings. / Thy lightness cannot help or hurt my fame.
O’Conor Eccles, Charlotte. Modern Men. Leadenhall Press.
She walks a...
Intertextuality and Influence Margaret Oliphant
A minor character in The Ladies Lindores, an elderly woman, declines to read Middlemarch (as opposed to merely gleaning some idea of it from reviews and conversation) because it's pleasure I want at my...
Intertextuality and Influence Christine Brooke-Rose
This sets out to explore the effects of various technological media on the novel genre. It begins with the apparent forcible entry into a story by Jane Austen of a great German contemporary of Austen:...
Intertextuality and Influence Simone de Beauvoir
SB began writing as a child, under the influence of the highly conventional children's books she read. She says she had no idea of writing what she knew, but her first story (The Misfortunes...
Intertextuality and Influence Henry James
This publication in the USA followed on serialisation in Macmillan's Magazine, October 1880-November 1881, and in Atlantic Monthly, November 1880-December 1881.
Edel, Leon et al. A Bibliography of Henry James. Clarendon Press.
The bad marriages, moral weightiness, and grand sweep of George Eliot
Intertextuality and Influence Julia Frankau
Dr Benjamin Phillips is mercenary: he is also a misogynist who looks on women as subordinate beings created for his pleasure, a sensualist who recognises that sex gives a woman power over him even while...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Hume Clapperton
In her youth she had been part of a circle that included Charles Bray and George Eliot .
Crawford, Elizabeth. The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928. Routledge.
Though she never met the latter, she credited Eliot (along with Mary Wollstonecraft and Harriet Martineau
Intertextuality and Influence Simone de Beauvoir
The second part of her first section, Facts and Myths, draws valuably on analysis of male writers. SB reads Stendhal as decidedly feministic:
Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex. Translator Parshley, H. M., Jonathan Cape.
he not only values liberty but accepts it as...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Stickney Ellis
H. S. Twycross-Martin argues in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that the Apology for Fiction may have influenced George Eliot 's discussion of domestic realism in Adam Bede.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Intertextuality and Influence Julia Frankau
This tie broadens the social scope of the novel. Karl is Jewish but not an observant Jew. He wishes he could believe in Christianity for its redeeming message and wants to extend that choice to...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Stickney Ellis
Mary Ann Evans , later George Eliot, read SSE 's conduct manuals in the 1840s, but it is unlikely that Eliot took the advice too seriously, since other intellectual women were vocal in their distaste...


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