Felix Holt, The Radical: The Radical

Paperback | December 1, 1995

byGeorge EliotIntroduction byLynda MugglestoneNotes byLynda Mugglestone

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When the young nobleman Harold Transome returns to England from the colonies with a self-made fortune, he scandalizes the town of Treby Magna with his decision to stand for Parliament as a Radical. But after the idealistic Felix Holt also returns to the town, the difference between Harold's opportunistic values and Holt's profound beliefs becomes apparent. Forthright, brusque and driven by a firm desire to educate the working-class, Felix is at first viewed with suspicion by many, including the elegant but vain Esther Lyon, the daughter of the local clergyman. As she discovers, however, his blunt words conceal both passion and deep integrity. Soon the romantic and over-refined Esther finds herself overwhelmed by a heart-wrenching decision: whether to choose the wealthy Transome as a husband, or the impoverished but honest Felix Holt.

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Esther Lyon faces a challenge. She must choose between subjecting herself if she believes women are inferior beings and exerting her power to choose something better if she holds women to be men’s equals. George Eliot’s Felix Holt: The Radical features a proud, dynamic heroine with an aristocratic air and dreams of marrying into a ...

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When the young nobleman Harold Transome returns to England from the colonies with a self-made fortune, he scandalizes the town of Treby Magna with his decision to stand for Parliament as a Radical. But after the idealistic Felix Holt also returns to the town, the difference between Harold's opportunistic values and Holt's profound beli...

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’ "If a woman really believes herself to be a lower kind of being, she should place herself in subjection . . . If not, let her show her power of choosing something better." ’ This is the challenge thrown down to Esther Lyon, George Eliot’s heroine in Felix Holt: The Radical (1866). Esther’s ’airs and graces’, her proud and sensitive d...

George Eliot was born Mary Ann (Marian) Evans in 1819. After her mother died in 1836, Marian was her father's housekeeper, educating herself in her spare time. After moving to Coventry in 1841 she met progressive intellectuals and became managing editor of the Westminster Review in 1851. She lost her Christian faith and was alienate...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.4 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140434356

ISBN - 13:9780140434354

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Esther Lyon faces a challenge. She must choose between subjecting herself if she believes women are inferior beings and exerting her power to choose something better if she holds women to be men’s equals. George Eliot’s Felix Holt: The Radical features a proud, dynamic heroine with an aristocratic air and dreams of marrying into a refined life. Through the course of the novel, she changes. Soon, she must choose between two men: Harold Transome who returned to Treby Magna to claim his inheritance and campaign for a Radical seat in Parliament; and Felix Holt, an entirely different young radical.