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Published: 08 May 2008

592 Pages


ISBN: 9780199203475

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Adam Bede

New Edition

George Eliot
Edited by Carol A. Martin

Oxford World's Classics

  • Eliot's first full-length novel, Adam Bede paints a powerful portrait of rural life, seduction, faith, and redemption. This is the first edition based on Eliot'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 it 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.

New to this Edition:

  • A completely new and reset text, using the definitive Clarendon edition based on the the corrected eighth edition of 1861.
  • New Introduction, Select Bibliography, and Explanatory Notes by Carol A. Martin.
  • New Chronology.

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