Synopses & Reviews
Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, whose only delights are her baubles-and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand. Betrayed by their innocence, both Adam and Hetty allow their foolish hearts to trap them in a triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution.
"The masterpiece of the century."
- New, updated package
- Foreward by F.R. Leavis and a new afterword by Regina Barreca
- "One of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was a great artistic moment."--Virginia Woolf
Eliot's classic tale of a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother while in love with the trifling town beauty is now in this updated package that includes a new Foreword and Afterword. Reissue.
A hardy young carpenter in 1799, Adam Bede is smitten by the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who loves careless Captain Donnithorne. Soon though, their foolish hearts will trap them in a tragic triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution.
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.