• Felix Holt

    George Eliot

    Ce grand roman politique oppose deux sortes de radicaux réclamant des changements politiques profonds, lors d'une campagne électorale dans l'Angleterre des années 1830 : Harold Transome, riche propriétaire terrien, candidat sous cette étiquette par opportunisme, et Felix Holt, homme du peuple qui n'a pas le droit de vote et dont le radicalisme est un engagement de l'être entier, désireux de changer l'organisation sociale, la répartition des richesses, de redonner à chaque individu une ' part d'homme ' dans la vie. Les deux hommes se disputent également l'amour d'Esther Lyon, la fille adoptive d'un pasteur.
    Dans cette lutte entre ancien et nouveau monde, le mérite personnel l'emportera-t-il sur la naissance, pour signer l'entrée dans le monde démocratique ? La collision des destins personnels avec l'histoire collective est le vrai sujet de ce roman peu connu de l'auteure, traduit pour la première fois en français.

  • Les affres d'une femme qui peine à trouver sa place au sein de la société de son temps. Avec Middlemarch, Le Moulin sur la Floss est sans doute l'un des plus célèbres romans de George Eliot, l'une des romancières britanniques préférées de Virginia Woolf. Un classique à (re)découvrir !
    " Relire les romans de George Eliot nous procure toujours la même énergie et la même chaleur, à tel point qu'on ne veut plus la quitter. " (Virginia Woolf)
    Élevée au moulin de Dorlcote, dans les paysages verdoyants du Lincolnshire, la toute jeune et idéaliste Maggie Tulliver forme avec son frère Tom un couple lié par un amour indestructible.
    Ce lien est pourtant mis à mal après la mort de leur père, que la faillite a contraint à vendre son moulin. Maggie se morfond dans sa nouvelle vie et se rapproche un peu plus de Philip Wakem, un jeune homme sensible et cultivé, issu d'une famille rivale. Au grand dam de Tom, qui a du abandonner ses études pour subvenir aux besoins des siens, au prix d'un labeur acharné...
    L'intérêt soudain que lui manifeste Stephen, le fiancé de sa cousine, met un comble au trouble de Maggie, tiraillée entre raison et sentiments. C'est alors qu'entre en scène un personnage inattendu : la puissante Floss en crue, qui pourrait bien tout emporter...

  • Après avoir été trompé par son meilleur ami et accusé à tort de vol, le tisserand Silas Marner a quitté la ville et abandonné sa communauté religieuse pour s'établir dans la petite localité de Raveloe, dans la campagne anglaise.
    Objet de suspicion en raison de son talent et de sa foi, il sombre dans la routine d'un travail solitaire. La rumeur court qu'il serait guérisseur, activité qui ne lui coûte rien. Devenu misanthrope, Marner ne trouve de consolation que dans la contemplation nocturne de ses écus...
    Quinze ans après, une nouvelle affaire défraie la chronique de Raveloe. Le fils d'une riche famille, Dunsey Cass, jeune homme dissolu, fait du chantage à son frère aîné, Godfrey. Celui-ci, amoureux de la vertueuse Nancy, préfère payer la rançon plutôt que de voir révéler son mariage avec l'opiomane Molly Farren. Non content de cette mauvaise action, Dunsey se rend bientôt coupable du vol de l'or de Silas Marner. Mais Molly est décidée à faire éclater la vérité. Sur le chemin du bal du nouvel an chez les Cass, elle perd conscience. Et c'est sa fille, la petite Eppie, qui se rend jusqu'au cottage du vieux Marner pour quérir un remède...

  • Describing the silliness and 'feminine fatuity' of many popular books by lady novelists, George Eliot perfectly skewers the formulaic yet bestselling works that dominated her time, with their loveably flawed heroines. She also examines the great women writers of France and their enrichment of the culture, and the varying qualities of literary translations.


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  • Dorothea is bright, beautiful and rebellious and has married the wrong man. Lydgate is the ambitious new doctor in town and has married the wrong woman. Both of them long to make a positive difference in the world. But their stories do not proceed as expected and both they, and the other inhabitants of Middlemarch, must struggle to reconcile themselves to their fates and find their places in the world.

    Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance. Eliot's novel is a stunningly compelling insight into the human struggle to find contentment.

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARINA LEWYCKA Maggie and Tom Tulliver are both wilful, passionate children, and their relationship has always been tempestous. As they grow up together on the banks of the River Floss, Tom's self-righteous stubborness 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.

  • (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Introduction by Rosemary Ashton The isolated, misanthropic, miserly weaver Silas Marner is one of George Eliot';s greatest creations, and his presence casts a strange, otherworldly glow over the moral dramas, both large and small, that take place in the pastoral landscape that surrounds him.
    When Marner is wrongly accused of crime and expelled from his community, he vows to turn his back upon the world. He moves to the village of Raveloe, where he remains an outsider and an object of suspicion until an extraordinary sequence of events, including the theft of his gold and the appearance of a tiny, golden-haired child in his cottage, transforms his life. Part beautifully realized rural portraiture and part fairy tale, the story of Marner';s redemption and restoration to humanity has long been George Eliot';s most beloved and widely read work.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Anglais Silas Marner

    George Eliot

    Silas Marner lives a friendless and isolated existence near the country village of Raveloe, hoarding his gold. One night his fortune is stolen and Silas loses everything he holds dear. But then the golden-haired child Eppie appears in his home, and Silas begins to reform bonds of faith and human connectedness that he once renounced forever.

  • Horror was my familiar.
    Published the same year as her first novel, Adam Bede, this overlooked work displays the gifts for which George Eliot would become famous--gritty realism, psychological insight, and idealistic moralizing. It is unique from all her other writing, however, in that it represents the only time she ever used a first-person narrator, and it is the only time she wrote about the supernatural.
    The tale of a man who is incapacitated by visions of the future and the cacophony of overheard thoughts, and yet who cant help trying to subvert his vividly glimpsed destiny, it is easy to read The Lifted Veil as being autobiographically revealing--of Eliots sensitivity to public opinion and her awareness that her days concealed behind a pseudonym were doomed to a tragic unveiling (as indeed came to pass soon after this novellas publication). But it is easier still to read the story as the exciting and genuine precursor of a moody new form, as well as an absorbing early masterpiece of suspense.
    The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presentedin book form for the first time.

  • Anglais Adam Bede

    George Eliot

    It may seem like an old tale: the beautiful village girl, her faithful admirer, a country squire's seduction. But seen through the eyes of any of its players, the old tale becomes one of fresh heartbreak, innocent hopes, best intentions gone awry, and better selves lost and restored. George Eliot's first novel shows all her humane intelligence and intimate knowledge of the richness and complexity of ordinary life.

  • George Eliot's Romola, writes Robert Kiely in his Introduction, embodies the author's "wrestling with her own best theories of history and human nature as a creative experiment of the highest order." Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot's novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola's teachings, then crushed by the religious leader's ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1878 Cabinet Edition.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • George Eliot’s final novel and her most ambitious work, Daniel Deronda contrasts the moral laxity of the British aristocracy with the dedicated fervor of Jewish nationalists. Crushed by a loveless marriage to the cruel and arrogant Grandcourt, Gwendolen Harleth seeks salvation in the deeply spiritual and altruistic Daniel Deronda. But Deronda, profoundly affected by the discovery of his Jewish ancestry, is ultimately too committed to his own cultural awakening to save Gwendolen from despair. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1878 Cabinet Edition.

  • With an essay by Barbara Hardy.

    'What can I do? ... I must get up in the morning and do what every one else does. It is all like a dance set beforehand. I seem to see all that can be - and I am tired and sick of it. And the world is all confusion to me' George Eliot's last, most controversial novel opens as the spoiled Gwendolen Harleth, poised at a roulette table about to throw away a small fortune, captivates Daniel Deronda. As their lives become intertwined, they are also transformed by suffering, misfortune, revelations and Daniel's fascination with the Jewish singer Mirah. Daniel Deronda shocked Victorian readers with its portrayal of the Jewish experience in British society, and remains a moving and epic portrayal of human passions.

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  • With an essay by Walter Allen.

    If life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie?

    Tragic and moving, The Mill on the Floss is a novel of grand passions and tormented lives. As the rebellious Maggie's fiery spirit and imaginative nature bring her into bitter conflict with her narrow provincial family, most painfully with her beloved brother Tom, their fates are played out on an epic scale. George Eliot drew on her own frustrated rural upbringing to create one of the great novels of childhood, and one of literature's most unforgettable heroines.

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  • (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)In The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot re-creates her own childhood through the story of the wild, gifted Maggie Tulliver and her spoiled, selfish brother. Though tragic in its outcome, this tenderly comic novel combines vivid vignettes of family life with a magnificent portrait of the heroine and an acute critique of Victorian sexual politics. Eliot had no peer when it came to finding the drama at the heart of normal lives lived in tandem with the gigantic rhythms of nature itself, and in The Mill on the Floss she shows us once again how thoroughly the art of fiction can satisfy our deepest mental and emotional cravings.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life.

  • Middlemarch is George Eliot's masterpiece, a Victorian novel on the grandest scale. Originally published in serial form in Blackwood's Magazine in 1871-1872, it was at once a critical and popular success. 'No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative,' V. S. Pritchett noted. Set in a fictional Midlands town, the novel chronicles nineteenth-century English provincial life through its precisely delineated characters, weaving many stories into one richly textured tapestry. Eliot renders her vast cast with cool irony and intelligence: Dorothea Brooke, the 'latter-day St. Theresa,' intense, impassioned, and frustrated; Tertius Lydgate, the idealistic young doctor who comes to Middlemarch fired with the desire to spread the new science of medicine; Fred Vincy and his spoiled, pretentious sister Rosamond; Casaubon, Dorothea's elderly husband, for whom she feels at first awe and finally pity; and the many lesser characters who people this epic in a small landscape. Unsurpassed in its depiction of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the great works of world literature.

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARINA LEWYCKA Maggie and Tom Tulliver are both wilful, passionate children, and their relationship has always been tempestous. As they grow up together on the banks of the River Floss, Tom's self-righteous stubborness 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.

  • A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Clare West In a hole under the floorboards Silas Marner the linen-weaver keeps his gold. Every day he works hard at his weaving, and every night he takes the gold out and holds the bright coins lovingly, feeling them and counting them again and again. The villagers are afraid of him and he has no family, no friends. Only the gold is his friend, his delight, his reason for living. But what if a thief should come in the night and take his gold away? What will Silas do then? What could possibly comfort him for the loss of his only friend?

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