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Review of George Eliot and the Politics of National Inheritance by Bernard Semmel

This is a study of George Eliot's political imagination which traces the theme of inheritance through her fiction, taking it both in its ordinary sense of property bequeathed from
one generation to another and in the extended sense of the…

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot by Nancy Henry

This lively book is part of a new Cambridge University Press series already more than thirty titles strong, for 'readers who want to broaden their understanding of the books and authors they enjoy' - a mission statement which is quickly decoded:…

Review of Jeanie, an 'Army of One': Mrs Nassau Senior, 1828-1877 by Sybil Oldfield

The neglect of Jeanie Senior, called Jeanie, pronounced Janie - her enthusiastic biographer puts 'sic' after deviations, eccentrically rather than pedantically since Jeanie was christened Jane Elizabeth and named Jane on her tomb and even in this…

Review of The Persistent Self by H.S. Kakar

As a non-intellectual reader I am sometimes amused to observe the variety of red herrings sniffed at by the professional analysts of literature in their search for truth. H.S. Kakar of Delhi University, who has a sensitive nose, disperses some of the…

Review of Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature by Ruth Liversey

Starting from the observation that so many of the major Victorian novels are set, not in the railway age in which they were written, but in the horse-drawn world of the previous generation, a world that is 'just past', this fine study explores the…

Review of Victorian Narratives of the Recent Past: Memory, History, Fiction by Helen Kingstone

The nineteenth century saw a number of ways in which amateurs and professional historians and novelists approached the presentation of history, especially histories of the recent past. Eminent, professional historians at universities, and those…

Review of Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes

This is a superb book, written with deep scholarship by one of our leading biographers, which breaks new ground in its attention to the physicality of its subjects. In her introduction Kathryn Hughes says that she has felt 'chronically short-changed…

Review of The World of Mr. Casaubon: Britain's Wars of Mythography, 1700-1870 by Colin Kidd

The title ofthis book is interesting, as the subtitle describes what it is about but the main title refers to a fictional character from Middlemarch, part of a novel recently voted the greatest in English. Such a title makes the book much more…

Review of The Transferred Life of George Eliot by Philip Davis

There have been several good new biographies of George Eliot in recent years but none quite like this. Davis's subtle and searching analysis focuses almost exclusively on the writing as he traces the complex ways in which the experience of Mary Ann,…

Review of Selections From George Eliot's Letters by Gordon S. Haight

This is a most welcome and meticulous distillation of Dr. Haight's The George Eliot Letters in nine volumes, which in this age of the video cassette will be inaccessibIe even in many good reference libraries. My only reservation about the editing of…

Review of 'A Delicious Effervescence of the Mind': 1985 George Eliot Readings

"A delicious effervescence of the mind"? It is not a quality that one immediately associates with George Eliot, whose name and countenance promise more of the sturdier attributes and less of the "fizz". Yet in a brilliant recital by Gabriel Woolf and…

Review of Frederic Harrison: The Vocations of a Positivist by Martha S. Vogeler

This book, the result of more than half a lifetime's research, provides a much-needed insight into the nature of English Positivism and one of its leading disciples, Frederic Harrison. It opens excitingly with the twenty-three year old Harrison…