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George Eliot

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Definition British writer of novels characterized by realistic analysis of provincial Victorian society and psychology (1819-1880)
  • George Eliot said she used the male pen name so her works would be taken seriously.
  • Many authors consider George Eliot's Middlemarch to be among the best books ever written.
  • Mistaking his urgency for a shared love of George Eliot, Miss Boon quickly found her place.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch, lxxvi.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • She liked Thackeray's ladies better than Dickens's, and George Eliot's best of all—but it was a frustration that the mail came so seldom.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • George Eliot has admirably noted it—"In these frail vessels is borne onward through the ages the treasure of human affection."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • George Eliot has admirably noted it—"In these frail vessels is borne onward through the ages the treasure of human affection."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Currer Bell, George Eliot, George Sand, all the victims of inner strife as their writings prove, sought ineffectively to veil themselves by using the name of a man.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • ADAM BEDE by George Eliot Book One Chapter I The Workshop With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • She listened respectably to statistics on Dickens, Thackeray, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Scott, Hardy, Lamb, De Quincey, and Mrs. Humphry Ward, who, it seemed, constituted the writers of English Fiction and Essays.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The Mill on the Floss George Eliot Chapter I Outside Dorlcote Mill A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Between them hang an engraved portrait of Richard Cobden; enlarged photographs of Martineau, Huxley, and George Eliot; autotypes of allegories by Mr G.F. Watts (for Roebuck believed in the fine arts with all the earnestness of a man who does not understand them), and an impression of Dupont's engraving of Delaroche's Beaux Artes hemicycle, representing the great men of all ages.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • She was by way of being terrified of him—he was so fearfully clever, and the first night when she had sat by him, and he talked about George Eliot, she had been really frightened, for she had left the third volume of MIDDLEMARCH in the train and she never knew what happened in the end; but afterwards she got on perfectly, and made herself out even more ignorant than she was, because he liked telling her she was a fool.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • George Eliot committed atrocities with it that beggar description.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • One of them, it is true, George Eliot, escaped after much tribulation, but only to a secluded villa in St John's Wood.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • Reading stories by all the women, not only George Eliot, but Mrs. Gore and Mrs. Gaskell and Charlotte Yonge, she sometimes had a longing to do what those women did—write stories.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • It is an example exactly of the deep difficulty braved—the difficulty of making George Eliot's "frail vessel," if not the all-in-all for our attention, at least the clearest of the call.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • It is an example exactly of the deep difficulty braved—the difficulty of making George Eliot's "frail vessel," if not the all-in-all for our attention, at least the clearest of the call.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Jane Austen should have laid a wreath upon the grave of Fanny Burney, and George Eliot done homage to the robust shade of Eliza Carter—the valiant old woman who tied a bell to her bedstead in order that she might wake early and learn Greek.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own

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