Kathy O'Shaughnessy - In Love With George Elliot (2nd Hand Paperback)
A TLS Book of The Year.
Who was the real George Eliot? In Love with George Eliot is a glorious debut novel which tells the compelling story of England’s greatest woman novelist as you’ve never read it before.
Marian Evans is a scandalous figure, living in sin with a married man, George Henry Lewes. She has shocked polite society, and women rarely deign to visit her. In secret, though, she has begun writing fiction under the pseudonym George Eliot. Curiosity rises as to the identity of its mysterious writer. Gradually it becomes apparent that the moral genius Eliot is none other than the disgraced woman living with Lewes.
Now Evans’ tremendous celebrity begins. The world falls in love with her. She is the wise and great writer, sent to guide people through the increasingly secular, rudderless century, and an icon to her progressive feminist peers - with whom she is often in disagreement. Public opinion shifts. Her scandalous cohabitation is forgiven. But this idyll is not secure and cannot last. When Lewes dies, Evans finds herself in danger of shocking the world all over again.
Meanwhile, in another rudderless century, two women compete to arrive at an interpretation of Eliot as writer and as woman . . .
Everyone who has thrilled at being shown the world anew by George Eliot will thrill again at her presence, complex and compelling, here.
- Format : Slightly Thicker 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Published : 2019 (This Edition 2020 - Scribe)
- ISBN : 9781912854752
- SKU : B002646
- PPC : SP350gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"In Love with George Eliot! - is the perfect title for this wonderful book. I confess to a minor infatuation with Marian Evans, or to be more accurate, with the writer "George Eliot," so this book was absolutely delightful. Most of the text is historical fiction, hewing closely to the facts, of Marian Evans and her partnership with the married philosopher George Henry Lewes and then her late and dramatic marriage to Johnnie Cross. There is also a contemporary thread, following the academic obsessions of Eliot scholars, who are all writing books and articles about Eliot and the people in her circle. One is even writing fiction, a novel! - which of course we are meant to conclude is the volume nestling in our hands." - Goodreads Review.
'Richly and sensitively described . . . O'Shaughnessy does us the favour of reminding us what an underrated erotic writer Eliot is.' - Sophie Ratcliffe, The Sunday Telegraph.
'An accomplished tribute to one of our greatest authors.' - Simon Humphreys, The Mail on Sunday.
'A revealing debut novel . . . a fascinating read.' - Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 Open Book.
'This sensitive fictionalisation . . . is thoroughly absorbing.' - Daily Mail.
Kathy O’Shaughnessy has worked as Deputy Editor of the Literary Review, Arts and Books Editor of Vogue, Literary Editor of the European, and Deputy Editor of the Telegraph Arts and Books. She has done Book Choice for Channel 4, and has reviewed books for the Guardian, the TLS, the Telegraph, the Times, the Financial Times, the Independent, the Observer, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard and other publications, as well as the World Service. Kathy also edited and introduced Incompatible Animals, poems in English written by the Croatian poet Drago Stambuk, and her short stories have been published by Faber in First Fictions.
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