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ISBN: 9781804470336
Paperback • 144pp • £7.99
129 mm x 198 mm
4 May 2023
Territory: World English

Silly Novels by Lady Novelists and Other Essays

George Eliot



ISBN: 9781804470336




One of the most famous novelists in the English literary canon, the likes of Middlemarch and Silas Marner are household names, but Eliot’s essays are often overlooked. This collection brings together some of her most important essays and seeks to celebrate her non-fiction writing.

In ‘Silly Novels by Lady Novelists’ Eliot states a desire – some few years before her best-known works – to turn her hand to novel-writing, and decries the trivial nature of contemporary writers, setting out a manifesto for good writing. In ‘Woman in France’ she considers the history of women’s writing, and the complications women face in order to write – something Eliot knew much about herself, adopting a male name to publish the work she did not publish anonymously. Taken together, this collection gives a rare and valuable insight into the author’s writing, and shines a light on her pioneering subtle form of feminism.

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George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans (1819–80), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, essayist, journalist and translator. The author of many novels which are considered key to the English literary canon, including Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, Eliot is widely considered one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.