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The mill on the Floss - George Eliot

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Title
The mill on the Floss
Author
George Eliot
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage Classics
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100204

Discover George Eliot's powerful tragedy about the struggle between head and heart.

**As Heard on BBC Radio 4**


Maggie and Tom Tulliver are both wilful, passionate children, and their relationship has always been tempestuous. As they grow up together on the banks of the River Floss, Tom's self-righteous stubbornness and Maggie's emotional intensity increasingly brings them into conflict, particularly when Maggie's beauty sparks some ill-fated attachments. George Eliot's story of a brother and sister bound together by their errors and affections is told with tenderness, energy and a profound understanding of human nature.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARINA LEWYCKA

'George Eliot is the greatest British novelist of any age' Daily Mail

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George Eliot was born in Nuneaton on 22nd November 1819. Baptized Mary Anne Evans, Eliot chose to write using a male pen name. She was sent away to school but returned when her mother died in 1836.She later moved to Coventry with her father.After her father's death she became the Assistant Editor of the Westminster Review in 1851. She also met George Henry Lewes this year and they became partners for the rest of his life. Lewes was already married, although he and his wife both considered their relationship to be an open one, but he and Eliot set up home together, much to the dismay of polite London society.

In 1857 Eliot published Amos Barton in Blackwood's Magazine and in 1859 her novel Adam Bede was published to great acclaim.Her first attempt to write Middlemarch, her most famous novel, ended in failure. Abandoning it, she began a short novella entitled Miss Brooke which was eventually integrated into the final version of Middlemarch. The novel was published serially in eight parts in 1871. Lewes died in 1878 and Eliot married again in 1880. Her husband, John Walter Cross was an American who was twenty years her junior. George Eliot died on 22nd December 1880 at 4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea and is buried in Highgate Cemetery next to Lewes.

It was my first really grown-up book, but it is the book that wrings my heart and I feel I bump into elements of it all my life
Independent

A rich, gripping tragedy...narrative energy and emotional intelligence
Mail on Sunday

If I had an imaginary friend, Maggie was it. I loved her, I laughed with her, I agonised about her problems, I cried over her . . . and I still do...George Eliot's understanding of human nature is profound...the greatest British novelist of any age
Daily Mail

Maggie's dilemma is one that pervades much of Eliot's writing: the dilemma of head versus heart, the woman's struggle to be taken seriously as an intellect while coping with the demands of uninvited passion... Eliot dealt in human relationships and she was a mistress of the art
The Times

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Conflict of generations - Fiction.|Brothers and sisters - Fiction.|Loss (Psychology) - Fiction.|Young women - Fiction.|Water mills - Fiction.|Vendetta - Fiction.|Psychological fiction.|Love stories.|Domestic fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
597

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