Novels of George Eliot

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A&C Black, Dec 1, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
Barbara Hardy's Novels of George Eliot is a classic study of Eliots's outstanding powers as a great formal artist. The book's continuing appeal is due not simply to the perceptiveness and freshness of its writing but to the fact that form is interpreted in the widest sense to include whatever is relevant to the novels as organised, articulated, imaginative wholes and also as the direct expression of George Eliot's profound analysis
of the human condition.

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Contents

Introduction
1
I The Unheroic Tragedy
14
Adam Bede
32
The Heroines
47
The Egoists
68
V Character and Form
78
VI Plot and Form
115
VII Possibilities
135
Intimate Prophetic and Dramatic
155
IX The Scene as Image
185
X The Pathetic Image
201
XI The Ironical Image
215
Conclusion
233
Index
239
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Barbara Hardy is a poet, autobiographer and novelist, as well as a critic whose books include three on George Eliot and three on Dickens. She is Emeritus Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, Honorary Professor of the University of Wales, Swansea, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.

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