Synopses & Reviews
This volume makes available for the first time the entire surviving journals and diaries of the great Victorian novelist, George Eliot, and constitutes a new text by her--the closest she came to autobiography. The journals span her life from 1854, when she entered into a common-law union with George Henry Lewes, to her death in 1880, revealing the professional writer George Eliot as well as the remarkable private woman, Marian Evans. The edition includes a chronology, introduction, headnotes to each diary, and an annotated index supplying valuable contextual and explanatory information.
"This volume forms a valuable addition to Eliot scholarship. Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston have produced a definitive work for future generations of Eliot enthusiasts and scholars." Times Literary Supplement"[A] subtle and imtimate pleasure. Unshrouded by prejudices and the various agendas of biographers, these abridged texts provide fascinating direct to the author." The Independent"Heartily recommended for all undergraduate and graduate libraries that support Victorian literature and include Eliot's fiction." Choice"This well-edited collection of the extant George Eliot journals makes a welcome addition to the published biographicl materials which chart the inner and outer topographies of the George Eliot-George Henry Lewes landscape." Victorian Studies
This is the first publication of the complete surviving journals of the great Victorian novelist. A new George Eliot text, and the closest she came to autobiography, it reveals both professional writer and private woman. Chronology, introduction, headnotes to each diary, and annotated index supply valuable contextual and explanatory information.
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction; 1. Diary 1854-61: (i) Weimar, 20 July-3 November 1854; (ii) Berlin, 3 November 1854-March 1855; (iii) England, March 1855-19 June 1861; 2. Diary 1861-77; 3. Diary 1879; 4. Diary 1880; 5. Recollections of Weimar, 1854; 6. Recollections of Berlin, 1854-5; 7. Recollections of Ilfracombe, 1856; 8. Recollections of the Scilly Isles and Jersey, 1857; 9. The Making of George Eliot, 1857-9; 10. Germany, 1858; 11. Recollections of Italy, 1860; 12. Italy, 1864; 13. Normandy and Brittany, 1865; Explanatory index.