THE WORKS OF GEORGE ELIOT, OR MARY ANN EVANS, 1/2 Leather/Marbled Boards
Eliot, George, [Mary Ann Evans]. THE WORKS OF GEORGE ELIOT, OR MARY ANN EVANS, New York: H.M. Caldwell, n.d. [circa 1900]. Beautiful maroon 1/2 morocco leather/marbled paper hardcovers w/gilt titling and 4 fleur-de-lis gilt stamps on spine, 8vols., full set, 8vo (7.5x5"), t.e.g., very good / n.a., approx. 4,000 pp total. Light edge wear to boards and corners, some light surface abrasions, significant loss to bottom corner affecting text of pp. 105-120 of vol.1 Adam Bede. A later printing in beautiful bindings from the colorful life of Mary Ann Evans, a leading Victorian novelist and literary critic. This 8 vol. set contains: Adam Bede | The Mill on the Floss | Romola; Silas Marner | Felix Holt, The Radical | Middlemarch | Daniel Deronda | Essays | Complete Poems: Scenes of Clerical Life.
Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880); known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels, Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of which are set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight. Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women's writing being limited to lighthearted romances. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. Another factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny, thus avoiding the scandal that would have arisen because of her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. Middlemarch has been described by some to be greatest novel in the English language.