Loving George Eliot: Her Life in Biofiction [Review]

Title

Loving George Eliot: Her Life in Biofiction [Review]

Description

Gillian Beer cuts straight to the chase: George Eliot’s work, so full of compunction and debate, rouses passion in her readers still. She is loved as if present, or rejected with a familial urgency. Her sheer intellectual range thrills and sometimes disquiets readers. Her obdurate insight discomfits: the refusal ever to abandon consequences chastens wilfulness.1 I first experienced this passion at the age of ten, when I read The Mill on the Floss and fell in love with the ‘George Eliot’ who is a clone of Maggie Tulliver – an identification, I have learned, not uncommon among other readers and devotees, though more prevalent among Margarets.

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Margaret Harris

Source

Harris, Margaret. "Loving George Eliot: Her Life in Biofiction." George Eliot Review, vol. 51, 2020, pp. 132-138. George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Publisher

George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Date

2020

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CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Author

Margaret Harris

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Citation

Margaret Harris, “Loving George Eliot: Her Life in Biofiction [Review],” George Eliot Review Online, accessed September 20, 2021, https://www.georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/934.