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Henry James and George Eliot: Realism, Reality, and Narrative Form

The narratives of the Victorian writers are infused with detailed expositions of living, felt pic-tures; it was inevitable given the expectations of their audience. Furthermore, writers-cum-critics such as Henry lames testify to the difficulty of…

Thomas Hardy and George Eliot: The Eye of Narcissus' Looking-Glass

Hardy was both surprised and offended by the comparisons made between Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and the novels of George Eliot; indeed, several critics went so far as to ascribe this new work to the acknowledged master in a complimentary…