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George Eliot: A Collection of Critical Essays
George Eliot A Collection of Critical Essays Author:George R. Creeger (Editor) "George Eliot's reputation stands as high today as it did one hundred years ago," asserts George R. Creeger, editor of this volume. "Invincibly English," he continues, "she exhibits in her work a balance of intense conservatism and liberal-reforming tendencies, and a distinctive moral cast, especially critical of egoism." — The essays in this vol... more »ume, written by such noted authors and critics as Henry James, David R. Carroll, and Darrel Mansell Jr., probe the themes, style, and characters of her work, emphasizing her mastery of these aspects of fiction, especially her comprehensive understanding of human nature.
Exploring the numerous recurrent themes of George Eliot's work, and the effectiveness of her literary devices in developing these themes, the ten contributors often affirm her skill in depicting reality. Quentin Anderson says that she "comes closer than any other English novelist to answering the question of how the social world can be felt and understood," while George Levine finds that her writing is "unsentimentally perceptive about the meaning of experience."
"Art is the nearest thing to life," Eliot once stated, "and its ultimate aim is to reshape human consciousness, and with it, the structure of society."« less