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The Mill on the Floss

The novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss near the village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820s, after the Napoleonic Wars but prior to the first Reform Bill (1832). The novel spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie’s childhood […]


Genre: Fiction, Literary

Romola

Romola (1862–63) is a historical novel by George Eliot set in the fifteenth century, and is “a deep study of life in the city of Florence from an intellectual, artistic, religious, and social point of view”. The story takes place amidst actual historical events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable […]


Genre: Fiction, Historical

Middlemarch

Vast and crowded, rich in irony and suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character, with two of the era’s most enduring characters, Dorothea Brooke, trapped in a loveless marriage, and Lydgate, an ambitious young doctor. Genre: Fiction, Literary


Genre: Fiction, Literary

The Lifted Veil

The Lifted Veil is a novella by George Eliot, first published in 1859. Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. The novella is a significant part of the Victorian […]


Genre: Fiction, Horror, Romance, Short Stories

Adam Bede

Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The story’s plot follows four characters’ rural lives in the fictional community of Hayslope—a rural, pastoral and close-knit […]


Genre: Fiction, Historical

Silas Marner

Wrongly accused of theft and exiled by community of Lantern Yard, Silas Marner settles in the village of Raveloe, living as a recluse and caring only for work and money. Bitter and unhappy, Silas’ circumstances change when an orphaned child, actually the unaknowledged child of Godfrey Cass, eldest son of the local squire, is left […]


Genre: Fiction

Brother Jacob

Brother Jacob is Eliot’s literary homage to Thackeray, a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading. Revealing Eliot’s deep engagement with the question of whether there are ‘necessary truths’ independent of our perception of them and the boundaries of art and the self. Genre: Fiction, Humor


Genre: Fiction, Humor

Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda is a novel by George Eliot, first published in 1876. It was the last novel she completed and the only one set in the contemporary Victorian society of her day. Its mixture of social satire and moral searching, along with a sympathetic rendering of Jewish proto-Zionist and Kaballistic ideas has made it a […]


Genre: Fiction