By F. B. Pinion
This severe survey of George Eliot's works encompasses a biographical creation and a quick account of the historic occasions that performed a component in her fiction. various quotations from her letters make sure that the main invaluable features of Eliot's suggestion are properly conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impression on Thomas Hardy.
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Its reception at home was even more enthusiastic than that of Adam Bede; reviews were almost unanimous in praise; and soon George Eliot was sought after by the elite of London society. The finale of Middlemarch was written at Homburg, where the Leweses became acquainted with Lady Castledown, her two daughters, and a number of their friends. Despite bad weather and headaches, they enjoyed the waters and baths; the Kursaal, where they watched the gambling, provided the germ for Daniel Deronda. After a rest at Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, they returned to the Priory and Sunday afternoon receptions, which were more popular and exhausting than ever.
Marian read several chapters of Romola to him one evening; she could not agree to the original offer of serialization in sixteen parts, and a compromise to publish in twelve was accepted, with complete copyright for seven years, at £7,000. John Blackwood was informed; he was justifiably hurt, especially at not being consulted, but behaved with impeccable politeness and restraint. Marian was happier in the country, and she wrote much of Romola at various times in Surrey and Sussex, at Dorking particularly.
I learned Spanish last year but one, and see new vistas everywhere. That makes me think of time thrown away when I was young - time that I should be so glad of now. ' She travelled with George to Spain at the beginning of 1867, preparatory to the resumption of work on The Spanish Gypsy, now conceived as a dramatic poem. Progress was again slow and interrupted, with holidays in Germany, first in August, and then at the end of the year, when Lewes wished to consult specialists in Bonn and Heidelberg on theories relative to his new psychological studies.