George Eliot in Love by Brenda Maddox

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George Eliot is one of the most celebrated novelists in history. Her books, including Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede, are as appreciated now as they were in the nineteenth century. Yet her nonconformist and captivating personal life—a compelling story in itself—is not well known. Ridiculed as an ugly duckling, Eliot violated strict social codes by living with a married man for most of her adult life. Soon after he died, she married a much younger man who attempted suicide during their honeymoon. The obstacles Eliot overcame in her life informed her work and have made her legacy an enduring one.
Brenda Maddox brings her lively style to bear on the intersection of Eliot’s life and novels. She delves into the human side of this larger-than-life figure, revealing the pleasure and pain behind the intellectual’s public face. The result is a deeply personal biography that sheds new light on a woman who lived life on her own terms and altered the literary landscape in the process. 

 

About Brenda Maddox

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Brenda Maddox is an award-winning author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, The Times, and New Statesman. Her book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA won the Los Angeles Times Science Book Award for 2002 and her book D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the Whitbread Biography Prize. Her book Nora was made into a film starring Ewan McGregor. She lives in London and Wales.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Despite her "magnificently ugly, deliciously hideous" (in the words of Henry James) looks, George Eliot's love life was quite prosperous—enough so to become the basis of Maddox's compelling new book.

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Open Letters Monthly

It’s the most overtly and gratuitously misogynistic moment I have come across in any book I have read in years, and Maddox fails to distance herself from its implications, concluding on her own behalf that while Cross “seems” to have been in love with his wife (the wording implies that Maddox is ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ridiculed as an ugly duckling, Eliot violated strict social codes by living with a married man for most of her adult life.

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