Adam Bede

Adam Bede

by George Eliot

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George Eliot's first full-length novel, Adam Bede paints a powerful portrait of rural life, seduction, faith, and redemption. First published in 1859, this innovative novel carried its readers back sixty years to a time of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot's penetrating portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a new social realism to the novel, in which humor and tragedy co-exist, and fellow-feeling is the mainstay of human relationships. This is the first edition based on Eliot's final revision of the novel in 1861, using the definitive Clarendon text. It includes Eliot's journal entry on the real-life origins of the story and broadsheet accounts of Mary Voce, whose execution provided the germ of the novel. Carol Martin's superb Introduction sheds light on the novel's historical context and some of the main issues it explores: the role of work, class, and relations between the sexes, and Eliot's belief that the artist's duty is "the faithful representing of commonplace things." The book includes comprehensive notes that identify literary and historical allusions.

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BN ID: 2940012746276
Publisher: qasim idrees
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 449 KB

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Adam Bede 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
eurekatpt More than 1 year ago
FYI, this free Google download is only Volume 2 of 2. Even though it looks like you will be getting the full book, this ebook is only the second half, beginning with Chapter 27.
sophiemaroon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess this is Eliot's first book, and her novels definitely get much more interesting as her career progresses. The characters are pretty one dimensional, and I don't care if this the 19th century, the ending still makes me mad! Womanhood, gender relations, and sex are handled with much greater subtlety and insight in her other novels, IMO.
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