George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda' Notebooks

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Cambridge University Press, 21.11.1996 - 524 Seiten
George Eliot's notebooks from the years 1872-77 contain memoranda of her reading while she was preparing for and writing Daniel Deronda, together with the 'Oriental Memoranda' and other notes she recorded in the year following the novel's publication. Above all, the notebooks reveal her acquisition of a wide range of learning about Judaism, and provide insight into the creative process of integrating that learning into Daniel Deronda. One of these notebooks is published here for the first time; others are offered in new transcriptions. They are presented in a form which demonstrates the intellectual coherence underlying the diversity of the memoranda: translations are provided for the notes in German, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; explanatory headnotes are offered, and interpretative links are made to the novel; primary sources are traced and the chronology of George Eliot's reading outlined.

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Homer Paley and quotations from Pindar
3
Physical science B 97v 99 99v 100 100v 101 101v
16
Extracts from the Mishnah B 110 110v 111
33
Midrash B 115 115 116 116v 117 117v
47
Quotations from Persius B 120 120v 121v 122 122v
63
Ceremonies customs rites and traditions of the Jews
88
Kabbalah from Salomon Maimons Life B 136
101
Hebrew language B 139v 156V
116
Quotations from Rabelais Pf 711 7285
319
Notes on Cambridge 1852 Pf 711 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93
333
Reuchlin Pf 711 95 96 97 98
344
Nervous mimicry and events of 1865 to 1867 Pf 711 94a 95a 96 97a
351
Extracts mostly poetical
362
Sources
379
Contents
390
Articles attached to the inside front co cover
427

Biblical interpretation B 150v
134
Alexandrian Jewish literature and the Canon B 155 156 157
148
Leopold Zunz B 165 164v 165v
165
The Jewish year B 172v 173
183
B 182 184 185 185v 186 187 187v 188 188v 189 189v
197
George Eliots Index B 182 to 194
210
Introduction
217
Chief contents and miscellaneous notes Pf 711 1 2 3 4
233
List of books on the Homeric Question Pf711 15 16
254
Books on Jewish subjects Pf 711 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
269
Mohammed the Hebrews in Egypt and the colonization of Jerusalem
286
Berenice Pf 711 63 64 65 66
306
Contents and miscellaneous notes Pf 707 1 2 3
435
Celtic names Pf 707 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 26 27
445
Kabbalah from Ginsburg Pf 707 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
451
Talmudic sayings Pf 707 27 28 29 30 32 33 34
459
Hymn of St Francis Pf 707 29
465
Gibbons History and Hucs Travels Pf 707 41 46 47 48
473
History of Music Hullah
477
Northern mythology Pf 707 71 72 73
490
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495
Subject index
517
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George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans on a Warwickshire farm in England, where she spent almost all of her early life. She received a modest local education and was particularly influenced by one of her teachers, an extremely religious woman whom the novelist would later use as a model for various characters. Eliot read extensively, and was particularly drawn to the romantic poets and German literature. In 1849, after the death of her father, she went to London and became assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a radical magazine. She soon began publishing sketches of country life in London magazines. At about his time Eliot began her lifelong relationship with George Henry Lewes. A married man, Lewes could not marry Eliot, but they lived together until Lewes's death. Eliot's sketches were well received, and soon after she followed with her first novel, Adam Bede (1859). She took the pen name "George Eliot" because she believed the public would take a male author more seriously. Like all of Eliot's best work, The Mill on the Floss (1860), is based in large part on her own life and her relationship with her brother. In it she begins to explore male-female relations and the way people's personalities determine their relationships with others. She returns to this theme in Silas Mariner (1861), in which she examines the changes brought about in life and personality of a miser through the love of a little girl. In 1863, Eliot published Romola. Set against the political intrigue of Florence, Italy, of the 1490's, the book chronicles the spiritual journey of a passionate young woman. Eliot's greatest achievement is almost certainly Middlemarch (1871). Here she paints her most detailed picture of English country life, and explores most deeply the frustrations of an intelligent woman with no outlet for her aspirations. This novel is now regarded as one of the major works of the Victorian era and one of the greatest works of fiction in English. Eliot's last work was Daniel Deronda. In that work, Daniel, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, gradually becomes interested in Jewish culture and then discovers his own Jewish heritage. He eventually goes to live in Palestine. Because of the way in which she explored character and extended the range of subject matter to include simple country life, Eliot is now considered to be a major figure in the development of the novel. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London, England, next to her common-law husband, George Henry Lewes.

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