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George Eliot

George Eliot
A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108019613


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  • American Unitarian minister George Willis Cooke (1848–1923) worked for almost thirty years in Unitarian churches across the United States before turning full-time to scholarly pursuits in 1900. Cooke, a voracious reader who was largely self-taught, attended Meadville Theological School in Illinois but never graduated. A radical in theology and politics, he was drawn to the transcendentalist authors and in 1881 published a critical study of the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cooke's George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy (1883) probably emerged from those same philosophical impulses. The book was published just after Blind's biography, but Cooke asserts that with a small exception his work was complete when hers appeared; moreover, his study prioritises the act of 'interpreting and criticising [Eliot's] teachings' over the details of her life, and the book's organisation reflects this hierarchy, giving insights into the contemporary reception of George Eliot.

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108019613
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early life
    2. Translator and editor
    3. Marriage
    4. Career as an author
    5. Personal characteristics
    6. Literary traits and tendencies
    7. Theory of the novel
    8. Poetic methods
    9. Philosophic attitude
    10. Distinctive teachings
    11. Religious tendencies
    12. Ethical spirit
    13. Earlier novels
    14. Romola
    15. Felix Holt and Middlemarch
    16. Daniel Deronda
    17. The Spanish Gypsy and other poems
    18. Later essays
    19. The analytic method
    20. The limitations of her thought
    21. Bibliography

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    George Willis Cooke

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