Scenes of Clerical Life

Scenes of Clerical Life

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the stories of three ordinary people whose lives are more complex than it would first appear

Oxford University Press
When Scenes of Clerical Life--Eliot's first work of fiction--first appeared in print anonymously in 1857, critics immediately hailed it for its humorous irony, the truthfulness of its presentation of the lives of ordinary men and women, and its compassionate acceptance of human weakness. The three stories that comprise the volume foreshadow Eliot's greatest work, and an acquaintance with them is essential to a full understanding of one of the greatest English novelists.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988
ISBN: 9780192817860
0192817868
Branch Call Number: FICTION ELIOT
Additional Contributors: Noble, Thomas A.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 27, 2016

“There are few of us that are not rather ashamed of our sins and follies as we look out on the blessed morning sunlight, which comes to us like a bright-winged angel beckoning us to quit the old path of vanity that stretches its dreary length behind us. . .”
Some poll recently voted George Eliot's "Middlemarch" as the greatest of English novels and, well, it's pretty hard to quibble with it. Born Mary Ann Evans, George Eliot quietly revolutionized fiction by introducing a greater sense of interiority and an enormous feeling of sympathy for her characters. Like her predecessor Jane Austen, much of her work is set in provincial towns and, also like Austen, she's far more incisive and intelligent that she's often given credit for. Published in 1857, "Scenes of Clerical Life" is her first work, made up of three long stories, loosely connected by the title theme. It lacks the scope and depth of "Middlemarch," but her keen grasp of human nature and nuanced portrait of seemingly dull settings are already evident. If you're unfamiliar with Eliot, I'd start with "Silas Marner" or "Mill on the Floss."

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