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"Adam Bede is remarkable, not less for the unaffected Saxon style which upholds the graceful fabric of the narrative, and for the naturalness of its scenes and characters, so that the reader at once feels happy and at home among them, than for the general perception of those universal springs of action which control all society, the patient unfolding of those traits of humanity with which commonplace writers get out of temper and rudely dispense. The place and the people are of the simplest, and the language is of the simplest; and what happens from day to day, and from year to year, in the period of the action, might happen in any little village where the sun shines." Unknown Author, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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"And I would not, even if I had a choice, be the clever novelist who could create a world so much better than this, in which we get up early in the morning to do our daily work."

In Adam Bede (1859) George Eliot took the well-worn tale of a lovely dairy-maid seduced by a careless squire, and out of it created a wonderfully innovative and sympathetic portrait of the lives of ordinary Midlands working people — their labours and loves, their beliefs, their talk.

Hugely popular in its own time, Adam Bede is one of the greatest examples of humane and liberal Victorian social concern, a pioneering classic of radical social realism. It is also important for the way it meditates on the need for such fiction and the methods or writing it.

This edition reprints the original broadsheet reports of the murder case that was a starting-point for the book, and the notes illuminate Eliot's many literary and religious references.

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"Adam Bede has taken its place among the actual experiences and endurances of my life." Charles Dickens

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Hailed for its sympathetic and accurate rendering of nineteenth-century English pastoral life, Adam Bede was George Eliot's first full-length novel and a bestseller from the moment of publication. Eliot herself called it "a country story — full of the breath of cows and scent of hay." Adam Bede is an earnest and virtuous carpenter who is betrayed by his love, Hetty Sorrel, a pretty yet foolish dairymaid who is seduced by a careless young villager. The bitter, tragic consequences of her actions shake the very foundations of their serene rural community.

While Adam Bede represents a timeless story of seduction and betrayal, it is also a deeper, impassioned meditation on the irrevocable consequences of human actions and on moral growth and redemption through suffering.

Synopsis:

In Adam Bede (1859) George Eliot took the well-worn tale of a lovely dairy-maid seduced by a careless squire, and out if it created a wonderfully innovative and sympathetic portrait of the lives of ordinary Midlands working people — their labors and loves, their beliefs, their talk. This edition reprints the original broadsheet reports of the murder case that was a starting point for the book, and detailed notes illuminate Eliot's many literary and Biblical allusions.

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Marilyn Stachenfeld, December 10, 2007 (view all comments by Marilyn Stachenfeld)
What kept me enthralled through a long, rainy afternoon was the goodness of the two main characters in Adam Bede, Adam and the Methodist preacher Dinah Morris. Both are handsome specimens of English youth, strong and brave and hard-working, and Dinah is filled with love. The details of the Methodist movement are provided here, so there is historical interest; it is Dinah's love for God and humanity that leads to the redemption of the pitifully fallen woman, Hetty Sorrel. Every detail is richly rendered: the color of the countryside, Hetty's dark curls, Adam's strong, manly frame. It's the physicality of the book and the strong foundation of goodness in the Methodists' beliefs in humanity's redemptive possibilities that make this book into a lovable, engrossing, cheering read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192834959
Author:
Eliot, George
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Cunningham, Valentine
Author:
null, Valentine
Author:
Cunningham, Valentine
Author:
null, George
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Women clergy
Subject:
Infanticide
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Women's Studies
Series:
Oxford World's Classics
Series Volume:
VII
Publication Date:
19980917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
plates
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
7.94x4.90x1.37 in. .98 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Adam Bede is remarkable, not less for the unaffected Saxon style which upholds the graceful fabric of the narrative, and for the naturalness of its scenes and characters, so that the reader at once feels happy and at home among them, than for the general perception of those universal springs of action which control all society, the patient unfolding of those traits of humanity with which commonplace writers get out of temper and rudely dispense. The place and the people are of the simplest, and the language is of the simplest; and what happens from day to day, and from year to year, in the period of the action, might happen in any little village where the sun shines." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "Adam Bede has taken its place among the actual experiences and endurances of my life."
"Synopsis" by , Hailed for its sympathetic and accurate rendering of nineteenth-century English pastoral life, Adam Bede was George Eliot's first full-length novel and a bestseller from the moment of publication. Eliot herself called it "a country story — full of the breath of cows and scent of hay." Adam Bede is an earnest and virtuous carpenter who is betrayed by his love, Hetty Sorrel, a pretty yet foolish dairymaid who is seduced by a careless young villager. The bitter, tragic consequences of her actions shake the very foundations of their serene rural community.

While Adam Bede represents a timeless story of seduction and betrayal, it is also a deeper, impassioned meditation on the irrevocable consequences of human actions and on moral growth and redemption through suffering.

"Synopsis" by , In Adam Bede (1859) George Eliot took the well-worn tale of a lovely dairy-maid seduced by a careless squire, and out if it created a wonderfully innovative and sympathetic portrait of the lives of ordinary Midlands working people — their labors and loves, their beliefs, their talk. This edition reprints the original broadsheet reports of the murder case that was a starting point for the book, and detailed notes illuminate Eliot's many literary and Biblical allusions.
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