The Lifted Veil, and Brother Jacob by George Eliot

The Lifted Veil, and Brother Jacob

byGeorge EliotEditorHelen Small

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`She had believed that my wild poet's passion for her would make me her slave; and that, being her slave, I should execute her will in all things.' The Lifted Veil was first published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1859. A dark fantasy woven from contemporary scientific interest in the physiology of the brain, mesmerism, phrenology and experiments in revification it is Eliot's anatomy of her own moral philsophy - the ideal of imaginative sympathyor the ability to see into others' minds and emotions. Narrated by an egoccentric, morbid young clairvoyant man whose fascination for Bertha Grant lies partly in her obliquity, the story also explores fiction's ability to offer insight into the self, as well as being a remarkable portrait of amisdeveloped artist whose visionary powers merely blight his life. The Lifted Veil is now one of the most widely read and critically discussed of Eliot's works. Published as a companion piece to The Lifted Veil, Brother Jacob is by contrast Eliot's literary homage to Thackeray, a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading. Yet both stories reveal Eliot's deep engagement with the question of whether there are 'necessarytruths' independent of our perception of them and the boundaries of art and the self. Helen Small's introduction casts new light on works which fully deserve to be read alongside Eliot's novels.

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George Eliot (1819-1880) is one of England's greatest novelists. Her real name is Mary Ann Evans and she became famous in her own time for her novels, which include Silas Marner, Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss.
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Title:The Lifted Veil, and Brother JacobFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:March 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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