❰Reading❯ ➸ George Eliot Author Jenny Uglow – Freepe.co

Best Known For Her Masterpieces Middlemarch And Silas Marner, George Eliot Was Both One Of The Most Brilliant Writers Of Her Day, And One Of The Most Talked About Intellectual And Independent, She Had The Strength To Defy Polite Society With Her Highly Unorthodox Private Life Which Included Various Romances And Regular Encounters With The Primarily Male Intelligentsia This Insightful And Provocative Biography Investigates Eliot S Life, From Her Rural And Religious Upbringing Through Her Tumultuous Relationship With The Philosopher George Henry Lewes To Her Quiet Death From Kidney Failure As Each Of Her Major Works Are Also Investigated, Jenny Uglow Attempts To Explain Why Her Characters Were Never Able To Escape The Bounds Of Social Expectation As Readily As Eliot Did Herself


10 thoughts on “George Eliot

  1. says:

    From the ending She shows us a world where biological destiny, patriarchal law and ingrained social assumptions seem to combine in a web of constraint, where it may not be possible to reach all our goals, and where people are separated from each other and divided within themselves But her daring lies in her acceptance of difficulty and doubt, and her insistence that if we combine anger with humour and analysis with sympathy as she does in her writing both women and men can reach the higher ground and achieve a vantage point from which we can see clearly, make choices, and create our own futures in defiance of our vast uncertainties. In this biography I discovered the life and drive behind the striking empathy that comes across when reading Middlemarch, empathy that infuses each character and plot turn, and it didn t surprise me to learn that this empathy was of primary importance to George Eliot Be aware that this is full of spoilers because of the many examples she gives from each novel, so it might be a better read for someone at the end rather than the beginning of their George Eliot reading experience.I came away from this with even respect for this great novelist, and appreciation for her intellectual and social curiosity as well as the life struggles that went into the making of her work.


  2. says:

    I was slightly disappointed that this wasn t a full biography, like Jenny Uglow s deliciously thorough biography of Elizabeth Gaskell However, I liked it for what it is, a short biography together with thoughtful discussions of all the novels and other works.


  3. says:

    A very good, insightful look at George Eliot s life and work from a feminist angle.


  4. says:

    This is an excellent biography Concise and clear Uglow is a good and perceptive critic when she writes about the novels Highly recommended


  5. says:

    Such an intelligent biography Weaves Eliot s life and books together seamlessly.


  6. says:

    I have only read Eliot s Middlemarch and enjoyed it some people consider Eliot s works among the very best of English Novels Then I read that the young Mary Anne Evans Eliot s real name had slaved over the translation from the German of a huge 1500 page work by George Friedrich Strauss entitled The Life of Jesus Critically Examined which essentially debunked the gospel narratives as myths and for which Strauss got into trouble Eliot did this for the sake of humanity This made me interested in learning about George Eliot, and when I saw this book being remaindered in a local bookstore, I could not resist purchasing it Unfortunately, I was disappointed.This is not to say that Uglow s work lacks merit it does, and is interesting of its type But its type is that of an academic treatise which examines one of the aspects of Eliot s works her feminist side Eliot s scandalous life living with a married man tended to keep her on the fringes of a certain type of society Certainly, the highly intelligent Eliot was well aware of the disturbing developments in mid 19th c England regarding new developments in the various sciences of geology, anthropology, and textual criticism which all tended to subvert the very basics of Christian s, or at least those s of the times She had a robust sense that women, while having a certain place in society, were not to be considered inferior to men but neither did she think that they were superior For Eliot, women were equal to men, and she appears to have maintained that stance throughout her life Many of her novels deal with various aspects of this problem, at least as Uglow points out.What is unsatisfactory, for the casual reader, is that the book seems to assume its readership has already read and are able to recall all of Eliot s novels, and indeed, it would seem that being aware of the many critiques that have been written about her by others would be a necessary prerequisite as well If you haven t these basics I suspect you would find this work hard going, if not boring Uglow s feminist interpretation, then, is something to ADD to the body of work dealing with Eliot and in that sense the work is commendable But it is not a work which will stimulate the casual reader to want to rush out and get Eliot s work s the pity, I suspect.


  7. says:

    Well researched and competent Underlying assumptions kept tripping me up and attitudes kept distracting me For example, at one point Uglow writes about how Eliot hid the fact that she was living with a married man who had abandoned his family because she didn t want it to overshadow her moral arguments about women and society Uglow seemed to say these things without even blinking So, I am moving on to something else.OK, I have read The larger part of the book is divided into chapters about each of her larger works, and those were exquisite I didn t read all those chapters because I haven t read all those books However, the ones I did read on Adam Bede, Middlemarch, and Silas Marner, were beautifully crafted analyses that completely defy the stuffy old history stereotype I absolutely loved reading about Eliot s life and her writing within those chapters Perhaps when Uglow mentioned moral arguments , she was, in fact, blinking I can t be sure But as a writer, Uglow is one of the finest I am familiar with I look for her name when I look for new reading material I can t imagine how she would excel at fiction.She reminds me of Eliot, in fact.I m glad I came back to this book.


  8. says:

    Uglow s analysis of Eliot s works is perceptive and weaves in biographical background from Eliot s personal history to identify common themes in her writing Somehow, I have completely missed reading any of George Eliot s work Though the literary criticism of Eliot s work and the biographical details were well researched, my own background knowledge was sorely lacking I would have enjoyed this much if I had read some of Eliot s work first.


  9. says:

    I was disappointed by this book as I was expecting a biography but it was of an analysis of the works of George Eliot We were offered only tantalising glimpses into her life although there was a great deal of description of her beliefs and the influences on her work.


  10. says:

    This was probably better read after reading a lot of Eliot s books rather than as a good overview of her life It s a reflection on what we learn about her and what she wants to teach us through her novels Interesting, but I think my timing was off.