Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 June 2008

592 Pages

5-1/8 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199203475

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Adam Bede

New Edition

George Eliot
Edited by Carol A. Martin

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of Eliot's first full-length novel, Adam Bede, based on the author's final revision of the novel in 1861, using the definitive Clarendon text.
  • Includes George Eliot's journal entry on the real-life origins of the story and the composition of the novel, and broadsheet accounts of the execution of Mary Voce, whose story provided the germ of the novel.
  • The Introduction discusses the novel's historical context and some of the main issues Eliot explores: the role of work, class, and relations between the sexes, and Eliot's belief that the artist's duty is 'the faithful representing of commonplace things'.
  • Comprehensive notes identify literary and historical allusions and evidence of Eliot's wide reading.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.

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