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Adam Bede /
George Eliot ; edited by Mary Waldron.
Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2005.
642 p. : 1 ill. ; 22 cm.
1551113643 :
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Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2005.
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For her superb scholarly edition of Eliot's Adam Bede, Martin (Boise State Univ.) chose the corrected eighth edition of 1861 from among 11 British typesettings of the novel issued during its author's lifetime. Key to this volume is the 158-page introduction, which is full of erudition, packed with information, and concludes with a descriptive listing of editions of Adam Bede. The discussion ranges from a detailed analysis of the genesis, composition, publication, and consideration of the differing editions of the novel to the manuscript, now in the British Library, the dialect of the novel, the corrected eighth edition, and treatment of the copy text including emendations, accidentals, and the recording of variants. Informative textual notes at the foot of the page accompany the text of the novel itself, and 24-pages of explanatory notes follow the text. There are three full-page illustrations. The typesetting is easy on the eye, the margins are reasonable, and the sturdy binding befits this definitive edition of George Eliot's first great success. An indispensable purchase for all academic libraries and large public libraries. W. Baker Northern Illinois University
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"The Broadview edition of Adam Bede is an excellent one for students, scholars, and the intelligent general reader. The introduction and appendices offer the apparatus to contextualize the novel, a bestseller in its day because it engaged with major religious and philosophical questions as well as involving the reader with a compelling love story. It appealed then, as it does today, to both head and heart." - Pam Hirsch, University of Cambridge
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The seemingly peaceful country village of Hayslope is the setting for this ambitious first novel by one of the nineteenth century's great novelists. With sympathy, wit, and unflinching realism, Adam Bede tells a story that would have been familiar to Eliot's first readers: the seduction of a pretty farm girl by the young squire of the district. Eliot uses this story, with its tragic implications, to explore the dangers of reliance on religious and social norms to govern destructive desires. As this edition demonstrates, Adam Bede addresses profound questions of morality, religion, and the role of women in society, while at the same time seeking to establish a new aesthetic for fiction.This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a rich selection of appendices, including selections from Eliot's letters and journals, contemporary reviews of the novel, and accounts of the murder trial of Mary Voce, the woman whose story formed part of the inspiration for the novel.

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