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Published: 10 September 2015

400 Pages


ISBN: 9780199689606

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Scenes of Clerical Life

Second Edition

George Eliot
Edited by Thomas A. Noble and Josie Billington

Oxford World's Classics

  • Eliot's first published work of fiction, Scenes of Clerical Life is remarkable for its representation of the lives of ordinary men and women, and initiated an entirely new era of nineteenth-century fiction.
  • Each of the three stories that make up the book, 'Amos Barton', 'Mr Gilfil's Love-Story', and 'Janet's Repentance', are notable for their psychological penetration, and together they treat of love, grief and domestic violence.
  • The introduction shows the importance of these stories in the career of their great author, the pre-eminent experimenter in literary realism, how they exemplify the best in nineteenth-century women's shorter fiction, and their strikingly modern and specifically female concerns and challenges.
  • Full notes draw on recent scholarship to illuminate references drawn from Eliot's wide reading and cultural knowledge.
  • Uses the definitIve Clarendon text of the novel, based on the first edition.
  • Up-to-date Bibliography.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Josie Billington.
  • New and expanded notes that draw on recent George Eliot scholarship.
  • Up-to-date Select Bibliography.
  • Re-set text retains the definitive Clarendon text and improves print appearance.