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Review of George Eliot and the Conflict of Interpretations by David Carroll

Towards the climax of Felix Holt Esther Lyon moves centre stage. Mist around her own history and that of Transome Court dissolves to reveal a vista of possibilities. The narrator comments: 'Esther found it impossible to read in these days; her life…

Review of World's Classics Series: Middlemarch ed. By David Carroll

"It is a curious fact that when a writer has attained to a certain eminence, we English cease to bother ourselves about him. There he is, recognised, accepted, labelled." I recalled these words, from the conversation of Katherine Mansfield in 1920,…

Review of The Clarendon Edition of Middlemarch edited by David Carroll

We welcome the Clarendon edition of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which is generally considered to be her greatest novel. It took her about three years to write, and it seems to have caused a good deal of trouble to all concerned. David Carroll's…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1981: "George Eliot, The Sibyl of Merica"

In explaining his title, Professor Carroll referred to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1979). Dickens merited 71 pages of Quotations, Hardy 3, Thackerary and Meredith 1 each, Mrs. Gaskell only ¼ page. George Eliot has 1 ½ pages. All of these…

Daniel Deronda: Which Way does Gwendolen Jump?

No other Victorian heroine embodies so immediately such a vital life-force, at once assertive and fearful, as that possessed by Gwendolen Harleth, the heroine of Daniel Deronda. Her intensity springs from the fact that, in moral terms, she is a…