Victorian Novelists by James OliphantVictorian Novelists by James Oliphant

Victorian Novelists

byJames Oliphant

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chapter VI. George Eliot. The most remarkable fact in the life of George Eliot is that she, alone of all creative artists who are known to fame, reached middle age without even suspecting the nature of her splendid gifts. This had a marked influence on the quality of her work, for though she came to the exercise of her special powers without having served any apprenticeship, she brought to the task a wealth of equipment which no other literary artist has ever possessed, and which served her purposes better than the practised hand of any professed story-teller. During the first twenty years of her life, spent uneventfully in the country, she was not only unconsciously storing up the material which she afterwards turned to such wonderful account in her pictures of rural manners, but also laying the foundation of that wide and rich culture which afforded so firm a basis for her artistic endeavours. In the next twenty years she had opportunities of enriching her experience by intercourse with many of the leading thinkers of the time, in science, philosophy, and social politics, and her union with George Henry Lewes, while it allowed free play to her emotional nature, gave her the constant stimulus of intimate contact with an active and original mind. Up to the beginning of her career as a novelist there can be little doubt that she enjoyed peculiar advantages of preparation, but whether her outward circumstances after this point were equally favourable to her life-work is not so certain. If in her later novels the reflective habit tended to encroach on her creative powers, this may in part be due to the comparative seclusion required by the indifferent state of her health. She had exhausted in some degree the material she had amassed in the earlier period ...
Title:Victorian NovelistsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217651895

ISBN - 13:9780217651899