This listing is for Georg Eliot's Mill On The Floss Hardcover Early Printing Novel.
Publisher: Hurst & Company Publishers, New York; First Thus Edition
Binding is slightly loose & some yellowing of pages due to age, very early printing edition of consolidated 3 volumes.
The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. The first American edition was published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York. The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the more minor River Ripple near the village of St Ogg's in Lincolnshire, England. Both the river and the village are fictional. The mill on the floss is George Eliot's second novel and perhaps her most renowned. The story revolves around the impulsive maggie tulliver-a striking and unique character in victorian literature-and her tumultuous relationship with her family, especially her brother tom.the book provides an extraordinary perspective into the nature and hypocrisies of victorian society and the difficult, often tragic position of women within.
The novel is initially set in the late 1820s or early 1830s – a number of historical references place the events in the book after the Napoleonic Wars but before the Reform Act of 1832. (In chapter 3, the character Mr Riley is described as an "auctioneer and appraiser thirty years ago," placing the opening events of the novel in approximately 1829, thirty years before the novel's composition in 1859. Additionally, in chapter 8, Mr Tulliver and Mr Deane discuss the Duke of Wellington and his "conduct in the Catholic Question," a conversation that could only take place after 1828 when Wellington became Prime Minister and supported a bill for Catholic Emancipation). The novel includes autobiographical elements, and reflects the disgrace that George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) herself experienced while in a lengthy relationship with a married man, George Henry Lewes.
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