Scenes of Clerical Life

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The Floating Press, Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 694 pages
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Scenes of Clerical Life is the collection of the first three stories published by George Eliot, originally in Blackwood's Magazine. They all take place in the fictional midlands town of Milby and are concerned with the affect of religious reform on clergymen and their congregations.
 

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I found these novellas each quite different. "Amos Barton", the first and shortest was probably my favourite. Everyone in it was resolutely ordinary and nothing really remarkable happened, but it felt ... Read full review

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This was George Eliot's first published work. Unlike her later works it is not a novel but instead three short stories. The first is The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton. Reverend Barton is ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 20
374
Chapter 21
380
Epilogue
385
Janets Repentance
388
Chapter 1
389
Chapter 2
400
Chapter 3
421
Chapter 4
447

Chapter 7
116
Chapter 8
131
Chapter 9
140
Chapter 10
148
Conclusion
152
Mr Gilfils Love Story
154
Chapter 1
155
Chapter 2
179
Chapter 3
205
Chapter 4
215
Chapter 5
237
Chapter 6
260
Chapter 7
265
Chapter 8
274
Chapter 9
281
Chapter 10
286
Chapter 11
293
Chapter 12
301
Chapter 13
316
Chapter 14
327
Chapter 15
332
Chapter 16
336
Chapter 17
342
Chapter 18
347
Chapter 19
352
Chapter 5
459
Chapter 6
469
Chapter 7
476
Chapter 8
485
Chapter 9
508
Chapter 10
515
Chapter 11
527
Chapter 12
540
Chapter 13
545
Chapter 14
555
Chapter 15
566
Chapter 16
575
Chapter 17
584
Chapter 18
589
Chapter 19
603
Chapter 20
608
Chapter 21
612
Chapter 22
622
Chapter 23
633
Chapter 24
642
Chapter 25
651
Chapter 26
672
Chapter 27
684
Chapter 28
690
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George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans on a Warwickshire farm in England, where she spent almost all of her early life. She received a modest local education and was particularly influenced by one of her teachers, an extremely religious woman whom the novelist would later use as a model for various characters. Eliot read extensively, and was particularly drawn to the romantic poets and German literature. In 1849, after the death of her father, she went to London and became assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a radical magazine. She soon began publishing sketches of country life in London magazines. At about his time Eliot began her lifelong relationship with George Henry Lewes. A married man, Lewes could not marry Eliot, but they lived together until Lewes's death. Eliot's sketches were well received, and soon after she followed with her first novel, Adam Bede (1859). She took the pen name "George Eliot" because she believed the public would take a male author more seriously. Like all of Eliot's best work, The Mill on the Floss (1860), is based in large part on her own life and her relationship with her brother. In it she begins to explore male-female relations and the way people's personalities determine their relationships with others. She returns to this theme in Silas Mariner (1861), in which she examines the changes brought about in life and personality of a miser through the love of a little girl. In 1863, Eliot published Romola. Set against the political intrigue of Florence, Italy, of the 1490's, the book chronicles the spiritual journey of a passionate young woman. Eliot's greatest achievement is almost certainly Middlemarch (1871). Here she paints her most detailed picture of English country life, and explores most deeply the frustrations of an intelligent woman with no outlet for her aspirations. This novel is now regarded as one of the major works of the Victorian era and one of the greatest works of fiction in English. Eliot's last work was Daniel Deronda. In that work, Daniel, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, gradually becomes interested in Jewish culture and then discovers his own Jewish heritage. He eventually goes to live in Palestine. Because of the way in which she explored character and extended the range of subject matter to include simple country life, Eliot is now considered to be a major figure in the development of the novel. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London, England, next to her common-law husband, George Henry Lewes.

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