The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton
by George Eliot
Number of pages: 39
George Eliot's first attempt at fiction, and one that fixed her career. It has qualities of humour and tenderness that have not often been equalled. The story has a particular value as a record of an English country life that is rapidly passing away. Moreover, it is country life seen through the medium of a powerful and right-judging personality.
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by George Eliot - Estes and Lauriat
Intelligent and wonderfully sophisticated book with sharp commentary on many social issues of the time. Wonderfully imperfect characters are caught in the webs of dilemmas. Their behaviours are quite coherent with their subcultures and characters.
by George Eliot - Oakland, Cal., Press
A carpenter is in love with a woman who bears a child by another man. He eventually loses her but finds happiness with a Methodist preacher. Adam Bede was Eliot's first long novel, the combination of rigorous moral judgment and deep human sympathy.
by George Eliot - Oxford University Press
A dark fantasy drawing on interest in the physiology of the brain, mesmerism, phrenology, and experiments in revification, it is Eliot's anatomy of her own moral philosophy. The story explores fiction's ability to offer insight into the self.
by George Eliot - Belford, Clarke
A historical novel set in the fifteenth century. Romola is the female protagonist through which the story is rendered; her intellectual growth, often painful, reflects the religious and cultural transitions of the Italian Renaissance in Florence.