Synopses & Reviews
Best known for his brief marriage to George Eliot, John Walter Cross (1840-1924) compiled this three-volume 'autobiography' of 1885 from his late wife's journals and letters. Eliot was never married to her long-term partner G. H. Lewes, and she courted further scandal when she married Cross, twenty years her junior, in the spring of 1880. While these volumes offer a valuable insight into Eliot's private reflections, what is perhaps most telling is the material left out or rewritten in Cross' efforts to lend his wife's unconventional life some respectability, which he does at the expense of what one reviewer described as Eliot's 'salt and spice'. George Eliot's Life will be of particular interest to scholars of nineteenth-century biography and literature. Volume 3 focuses on Eliot's final years, including her later literary success, travels in Spain, the death of G. H. Lewes, and her marriage to Cross.
Compiled from letters and journals, this three-volume biography presents an intimate portrait of George Eliot in her own words.
First published in 1885, this three-part 'autobiography' was assembled by John Cross from the letters and journals of his late wife, George Eliot. Though suppressing much in the desire to render an unconventional life 'respectable', the work remains an important initial insight into Eliot's personal and private life.
Table of Contents
Introductory sketch of childhood, 1819 to 1938; 1. August 1838 to March 1841. Life at Griff; 2. March 1841 to April 1846. Coventry. Translation of Strauss; 3. May 1846 to May 1849. Life in Coventry till Mr Evan's death; 4. June 1849 to March 1850. Geneva; 5. March 1850 to July 1854. Work in London. Union with Mr Lewes; 6. July 1854 to March 1855. Weimar and Berlin; 7. March 1855 to December 1857. Richmond. Scenes of Clerical Life.