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Radical Politics in the 1860s: The Writing of Felix Holt

While Felix Holt the Radical was being written there was a transformation in the atmosphere surrounding further parliamentary reform in Britain. In March 1865, when George Eliot began the novel, the Liberal Prime Minister Palmerston remained cautious…

The Radical Candidature: Harold Transome's Political Motivation in Felix Holt

In late 1832 Great Britain was preparing for a special General Election. A Reform Bill passed in June had extended voting rights to the middle class, and parliamentary constituencies were re-distributed to enfranchise some of the larger industrial…

George Eliot as Historian: The Case of Mr. Crewe and Hugh Hughes

'My sketches [ ... ] of Churchmen [ ... ] are drawn from close observation of them in real life, and not at all from hearsay or the descriptions of novelists.' George Eliot 'Mr Tryan is not a portrait of any clergyman, living or dead'. George Eliot…