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Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

Edited by John Rignall

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780198604228
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191735073 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780198604228.001.0001
Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

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Acton, Lord

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in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 5 words.

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Adam Bede

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 4730 words.

George Eliot's first full-length novel, published 1 February 1859.

Composition

Adam Bede was begun at Richmond on 22

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Addison, Joseph (1672–1719)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 133 words.

of Tatler and Spectator celebrity but also the author of a few noteworthy hymns. George Eliot mentions him twice in

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‘Address to Working Men, by Felix Holt’

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January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 592 words.

This essay by George Eliot was aimed at educating newly enfranchised voters about reform objectives. She resurrected Felix Holt to

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Aeschylus (525/4–456 bc)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 369 words.

His trilogy, the Oresteia, is concerned with a family curse worked out across three generations, and displays one killing

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‘Agatha’

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in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 6 words.

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America

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 766 words.

did not draw from George Eliot unqualified praise. In 1853 she admitted ‘profound interest’ in the United States as a

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American civil war (1861–5)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 178 words.

in which the industrial and commercial states of the North (abolition of slavery their aim) eventually defeated the agricultural states

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‘Amos Barton’

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January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 7 words.

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Anglicanism

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 844 words.

George Eliot was born into a family of loyal members of the Church of England, the church established by law

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animals

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 806 words.

Ranging from the generic to the specific, animal allusion is extensive and purposeful in George Eliot, and crucial to her

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Antigone and its Moral, The’

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January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 307 words.

This essay by George Eliot, notionally a review of a school edition of *Sophocles' Antigone, appeared in

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anti-Semitism

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 339 words.

In her early adult life George Eliot showed some symptoms of the anti-Semitism that was rife in 19th-century Europe; subsequently

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appearance, personal

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 655 words.

The question that is implicit in many descriptions of George Eliot in person is whether she was merely plain, or

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Aristotle (384–322 bc)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 353 words.

whose works George Eliot read closely, inscribing passages from them in Greek in her *notebooks and referring to them in

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‘Armgart’

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 67 words.

a verse drama written in 1870–1 while George Eliot was working on Middlemarch. It was published in the Legend

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Arnold, Matthew (1824–88)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 1093 words.

There is only one recorded meeting between Matthew Arnold and George Eliot—on Boxing Day 1876 (noted in her letters,

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art

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 390 words.

is the subject of a famous definition by George Eliot in her 1856 essay on ‘The *Natural History of German

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atheism

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 460 words.

From 1842, when she lost her faith in Christianity, George Eliot did not believe in God, yet she was

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Auber, Daniel-François-Esprit (1782–1871)

in Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

January 2001; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 53 words.

In *Berlin, December 1854, George Eliot saw his Masaniello, ou La muette de Portici (1828). In

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