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Silas Marner

The Weaver of Raveloe

Second Edition

George Eliot
Edited by Juliette Atkinson

July 2017

ISBN: 9780198724643

256 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £5.99

Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver is reduced to a spider-like existence, endlessly weaving his web and hoarding his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage.

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Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver is reduced to a spider-like existence, endlessly weaving his web and hoarding his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage.

  • This edition, which uses the 1878 Cabinet edition, is based on the last edition for which Eliot provided corrections.
  • A fresh introduction that places the novel in its biographical, intellectual, and critical context, while also paying close attention to the nuances and patterns of the work. It considers, in particular, the themes of memory and parenthood, the combination of realism and fable, the novel's preoccupation with mystery and interpretation, its focus on habits, and Eliot's extraordinarily complex use of the imagery of threads and weaving.
  • The 'note on the text' offers a clearer and more accurate account of the novel's publication history than can be found in other editions.
  • There are extensive and clearly presented textual variants which are not found in other editions. These have drawn on archival research in the British Library and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.
  • Up-to-date Bibliography and detailed explanatory notes.

New to this edition

  • Introduction by Juliette Atkinson, informed by the latest critical and scholarly thinking on the novel.
  • New and expanded Notes.

About the Author(s)

George Eliot

Edited by Juliette Atkinson, Lecturer in English, University College London

Juliette Atkinson is Lecturer in English at University College, London. She is the author of Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives (OUP, 2010) and French Novels and the Victorians (OUP, 2017). She was previously editor for Oxford World's Classics new edition of The Mill on the Floss (2015).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    A Chronology of George Eliot
    Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
    Selected Variants
    Explanatory Notes

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