2. Early Years: 1819–50

  1. Nancy Henry

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch2

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography

How to Cite

Henry, N. (2012) Early Years: 1819–50, in Life of George Eliot, The: A Critical Biography, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118274644.ch2

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



  • Eliot's early years, 1819–50;
  • Eliot's childhood, thoughts dominated by her father's;
  • Cross on Eliot's biography, of a childhood awareness seen in her writings;
  • “A Minor Prophet,” the backward and forward looking;
  • Robert Evans, ever remaining an influence on George Eliot;
  • Eliot's “piety” in memory of her father, as in Impressions;
  • Eliot's memories of her life at Griff House, Nuneaton, and Coventry;
  • Eliot's interest in Christian beliefs, within the Church of England;
  • Eliot's reading of religious literature of all sorts, expansive;
  • Hodgson arguing, that Eliot's beliefs of her youth, never completely left her


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Life to Fill with Love

  • Duteous Reticence and Unbroken Silence

  • The Evangelical Phase

  • Holy War

  • Expanding Worldview