1. The History of a Writer: George Eliot and Biographies

  1. Nancy Henry

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch1

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

How to Cite

Henry, N. (2012) The History of a Writer: George Eliot and Biographies, in Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Critical Biographies

Book Series Editors:

  1. Claude Rawson

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405137058

Online ISBN: 9781118274644

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Keywords:

  • George Eliot, clues to her own ideas about biography;
  • Eliot, that “The best history of a writer is contained in his writings”;
  • Finale to Middlemarch, the past influencing the present;
  • “Poetry and Prose from the Notebook of an Eccentric”;
  • Eliot's interest, in the “history of a writer”;
  • Eliot's condemnation of biographies, as not discoverable in fiction;
  • Eliot's stand, as the author's “character” being there to be read;
  • post-structuralism, isolation from the biographical;
  • association of morality and artistic representation;
  • Eliot's rejection of biography, as insult to the artist

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • George Eliot and Biography

  • George Eliot in Biography