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Romola (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

'There is no book of mine about which I more thoroughly feel that I swear by every sentence as having been written with my best blood'

Wrote George Eliot of Romola, the novel which argues her most profound and utopian vision of the position of women. Romola's patient subservience to her scholar-father Bardo, her unhappy marriage to supple and treacherous Tito, and her passionate intellectual and spiritual awakening take place in Renaissance Florence which, like Victorian Britain, was caught up in a period of ferment and transition.

Romola appeared in 1862-3 to high praise by Victorians from Tennyson and Trollope to Henry James, and discerning modern readers will recognize it as George Eliot's first mature masterpiece. In her introduction to this new edition, Dorothea Barrett explores the issues of gender and learning, desire and scholarship, and the interweaving of history and fiction which she identifies at the centre of the novel.

Synopsis:

Although not among George Eliot's most admired works, this story is set in Florence at the end of the 15th century. It re-creates the picturesque complexion of the city and the characters of the historical figures, Charles VIII, Machiavelli and Savanorola.

About the Author

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans Cross) was born on November 22, 1819 at Arbury Farm, Warwickshire, England. She received an ordinary education and, upon leaving school at the age of sixteen, embarked on a program of independent study to further her intellectual growth. In 1841 she moved with her father to Coventry, where the influences of “skeptics and rationalists” swayed her from an intense religious devoutness to an eventual break with the church. The death of her father in 1849 left her with a small legacy and the freedom to pursue her literary inclinations. In 1851 she became the assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a position she held for three years. In 1854 came the fated meeting with George Henry Lewes, the gifted editor of The Leader, who was to become her adviser and companion for the next twenty-four years. Her first book, Scenes of a Clerical Life (1858), was followed by Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), and Middlemarch (1872). The death of Lewes, in 1878, left her stricken and lonely. On May 6, 1880, she married John Cross, a friend of long standing, and after a brief illness she died on December 22 of that year, in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140434705
Editor:
Barrett, Dorothea
Author:
Barrett, Dorothea
Author:
Eliot, George
Author:
Sanders, Andrew
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Savonarola, Girolamo
Subject:
Florence (Italy) History 1421-1737 Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
7.82x5.04x1.19 in. 1.02 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Although not among George Eliot's most admired works, this story is set in Florence at the end of the 15th century. It re-creates the picturesque complexion of the city and the characters of the historical figures, Charles VIII, Machiavelli and Savanorola.
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