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Livres de George Eliot
The novel, when it first appeared, was a huge success, both with critics and readers; it made Eliot's name as one of the greatest novelists in Britain, and her fame spread. Her intention with the novel was to analyze recent political, social, and economic threads through a series of personal accounts. The characters and stories told within the novel are meant to show how people are affected by historical change while it happens, and how progress happens in people's lives. Eliot manages to weave in the Catholic emancipation, the death of George IV, the dissolution of Parliament in 1831, the outbreak of cholera in 1832, and the passage of the Reform Bill later that year. Eliot manages to weave these things into the concerns of the characters and the narrative; they are not the focus of the novel, but are balanced with the novel's literary concerns.
One of the most widespread concerns in the novel is change, and how people react to it. All the historical concerns in the novel are involved in this, as are people's reactions under stress, and to progress in their society. Eliot is able to show people acting naturally in close detail, and present criticism on them, while still allowing the readers to form their own opinion of them. Overall, every character in this novel are human; each of them can be liked or disliked according to their personal foibles and flaws. But Eliot's point is that we, like they, are human; we can only judge them as we judge ourselves. She is not totally impartial in the narrative, which would be impossible in making criticisms; but there is still plenty of room for people to make up their own minds, and interpret the characters in their own way.
Eliot's stated goal with writing this novel, along with her others, was to give her readers "a clearer conception and a more active admiration of those vital elements which bind men together and give a higher worthiness to their existence," according to a letter of 1868 that she wrote. The novel, especially the characters of Dorothea and Farebrother, are very much influenced by Eliot's personal belief in the religion of humanity. Her views of marriage are also interjected into the novel; Eliot was not favorable about society's ideas of gender roles and marriage, hence her depictions of Rosamond and Lydgate's marital troubles.
The novel is very much concerned with women's roles, women's lives, and how they should be changed. However, it also exposes Eliot's ambivalence on the subject. Although she had no children and lived with her lover, George Lewes, without being married, at the same time she believed that women should be married, and had obligations to their husbands and children. The novel advocates change in women's roles, and in their spheres of influence; but, at the same time, no woman is happy who isn't married, and in a solid partnership with her husband.
Les affres d'une femme qui peine à trouver sa place au sein de la société de son temps. AvecMiddlemarch,Le Moulin sur la Flossest sans doute l'un des plus célèbres romans de George Eliot, l'une des romancières britanniques préférées de Virginia Woolf. Un classique à (re)découvrir !
" Relire les romans de George Eliot nous procure toujours la même énergie et la même chaleur, à tel point qu'on ne veut plus la quitter. " (Virginia Woolf)
Élevée au moulin de Dorlcote, dans les paysages verdoyants du Lincolnshire, la toute jeune et idéaliste Maggie Tulliver forme avec son frère Tom un couple lié par un amour indestructible.
Ce lien est pourtant mis à mal après la mort de leur père, que la faillite a contraint à vendre son moulin. Maggie se morfond dans sa nouvelle vie et se rapproche un peu plus de Philip Wakem, un jeune homme sensible et cultivé, issu d'une famille rivale. Au grand dam de Tom, qui a dû abandonner ses études pour subvenir aux besoins des siens, au prix d'un labeur acharné...
L'intérêt soudain que lui manifeste Stephen, le fiancé de sa cousine, met un comble au trouble de Maggie, tiraillée entre raison et sentiments. C'est alors qu'entre en scène un personnage inattendu : la puissante Floss en crue, qui pourrait bien tout emporter...
Maggie Tulliver, who grew up in Dorlcote Mill, idolizes her brother Tom and is desperate to win her parents' approval, but her passionate, wayward personality and keen intelligence keep her in constant confrontation with her family. As she grows older, the conflict between their expectations and her ambitions becomes painfully evident as she is pulled between three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother, a close friend who is also the son of her family's worst adversary, and a charismatic but dangerous suitor. The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel, as well as one of her most powerful and emotional works, because of its heartbreaking portrayal of sibling relationships.
“And If Life Had No Love in It,
What Else Was There for Maggie?”
Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom enjoy a rural childhood on the banks of the river Floss. But the approach of adulthood created tension: intelligent and fiery Maggie tests the boundaries of nineteenth-century society in her search for love, while Tom embraces convention and accepts his father’s desire for him to become a businessman. Increasingly self-righteous, Tom disapproves of his sister’s suitors and when he discovers that she took a fateful boat trip with Stephen Guest, her cousin’s fiancé, he turns his back on her. Maggie is ostracized by her beloved brother and her own community, and only through tragic events are the siblings reunited . . .
The Mill on the Floss is one of George Eliot’s great works.It is considered autobiographical, drawing details from Eliot’s own childhood. This beautifully crafted nineteenth century classic continues to enchant its readers.
Depuis son installation au village de Raveloe, le tisserand Marner suscite méfiance et interrogations. Quel malheur l'a contraint à fuir sa communauté du Nord de l'Angleterre ? D'où tient-il ses curieux talents de guérisseur ? Et pourquoi vit-il retiré dans une chaumière en lisière de forêt ?
Retranché des vivants, sans femme et sans enfants, Marner sombre dans la routine d'un travail solitaire et ne trouve de consolation que dans la contemplation de son or, amassé quinze années durant... jusqu'au soir où son trésor disparaît.
Si le sort du pauvre homme apitoie les villageois, la rumeur se refuse à soupçonner de vol l'un des fils Cass, hobereaux locaux dont les frasques sont pourtant connues. Mais une surprise de taille attend le tisserand, qui pourrait consoler son vieux coeur... et changer celui de ses voisins.
Récit d'une malédiction et d'une rédemption, Silas Marner offre un tableau réaliste des coutumes, préjugés et superstitions de l'Angleterre rurale sous le règne de Georges III.
The Harvard Classics:
V. 1: Franklin, Woolman & Penn
V. 2: Plato, Epictetus & Marcus Aurelius
V. 3: Bacon, Milton, Browne
V. 4: John Milton
V. 5: R. W. Emerson
V. 6: Robert Burns
V. 7: St Augustine & Thomas á Kempis
V. 8: Nine Greek Dramas
V. 9: Cicero and Pliny
V. 10: The Wealth of Nations
V. 11: The Origin of Species
V. 12: Plutarchs
V. 13: Æneid
V. 14: Don Quixote
V. 15: Bunyan & Walton
V. 16: 1001 Nights
V. 17: Folklore & Fable
V. 18: Modern English Drama
V. 19: Goethe & Marlowe
V. 20: The Divine Comedy
V. 21: I Promessi Sposi
V. 22: The Odyssey
V. 23: Two Years Before the Mast
V. 24: Edmund Burke
V. 25: J. S. Mill & T. Carlyle
V. 26: Continental Drama
V. 27 & 28: English & American Essays
V. 29: The Voyage of the Beagle
V. 30: Scientific Papers
V. 31: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
V. 32: Literary and Philosophical Essays
V. 33: Voyages & Travels
V. 34: French & English Philosophers
V. 35: Chronicle and Romance
V. 36: Machiavelli, Roper, More, Luther
V. 37: Locke, Berkeley, Hume
V. 38: Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur
V. 39: Prologues
V. 40–42: English Poetry
V. 43: American Historical Documents
V. 44 & 45: Sacred Writings
V. 46 & 47: Elizabethan Drama
V. 48: Blaise Pascal
V. 49: Saga
V. 50: Reader's Guide
V. 51: Lectures
The Shelf of Fiction:
V. 1 & 2: The History of Tom Jones
V. 3: A Sentimental Journey & Pride and Prejudice
V. 4: Guy Mannering
V. 5 & 6: Vanity Fair
V. 7 & 8: David Copperfield
V. 9: The Mill on the Floss
V. 10: Irving, Poe, Harte, Twain, Hale
V.11: The Portrait of a Lady
V. 12: Notre Dame de Paris
V. 13: Balzac, Sand, de Musset, Daudet, de Maupassant
V. 14 & 15: Goethe, Keller, Storm, Fontane
V. 16–19: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev
V. 20: Valera, Bjørnson, Kielland
Bright, willful Maggie Tulliver longs for acceptance from Tom, her obstinately responsible brother whom she cherishes above all. As their father falls ill and loses Dorlcote Mill in a lawsuit, Maggie and Tom are forced down two divergent paths in life, each dictated by familial and societal expectations. Wasting away in the Tullivers’ home, Maggie is soon inspired to follow her heart and lead a life of passion and impulse, which results in her brother renouncing her. As the siblings drift apart, only tragedy along the River Floss can bring them together again.
Featuring one of the most indelible heroines in the English canon, The Mill on the Floss is a powerful evocation of lost innocence, the casualties of family loyalty, and the regrets of youth.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Mill on the Floss, this edition of The Mill on the Floss (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
The collection is sorted chronologically by book (or magazine) publication. There are the usual inline tables of contents and links after each text/chapter to get back to the respective tables. The dates of first publication are noted whenever available.
Scenes of Clerical Life. (1858): The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton, Mr. Gilfil's Love Story, Janet's Repentance.
Adam Bede. (1859)
The Lifted Veil. (1859)
The Mill on the Floss. (1860)
Silas Marner, the Weaver of Raveloe. (1861)
Brother Jacob. (1864)
Felix Holt, the Radical. (1866)
The Spanish Gypsy. (1868)
The Legend of Jubal, and Other Poems. (1874): The Legend of Jubal, Agatha, Armgart, How Lisa Loved the King, A Minor Prophet, Brother and Sister, Stradivarius, A College Breakfast-Party, Two Lovers, Self and Life, "Sweet Endings Come and Go, Love," The Death of Moses, Arion, "O May I Join the Choir Invisible."
Daniel Deronda. (1876)
Impressions of Theophrastus Such. (1879)
The Essays: From the Note-Book of an Eccentric, How to Avoid Disappointment, The Wisdom of the Child, A Little Fable with a Great Moral, Hints on Snubbing, Carlyle's Life of Sterling, Margaret Fuller, Woman in France: Madame de Sablé, Three Months in Weimar, Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming, German Wit: Henry Heine, The Natural History of German Life, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, George Forster, Worldliness and Other-Worldliness: The Poet Young, The Influence of Rationalism, The Grammar of Ornament, Address to Working Men, by Felix Holt, Leaves from a Note-Book.
Miscellaneous Poems: On Being Called a Saint, Farewell, Sonnet, Question and Answer, "'Mid my Gold-Brown Curls," "'Mid the Rich Store," "As Tu Va la Lune se Lever," In A London Drawing Room, Arms! To Arms!, Ex Oriente Lux, In the South, Will Ladislaw's Song, Erinna, I Grant you Ample Leave, Mordecai's Hebrew Verses, Count that Day Lost.