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Penguin Classics
10 March 2004
Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot's favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.

The text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878. David Carroll's introduction is accompanied by the original Penguin Classics introduction by Q. D. Leavis.
By:   George Eliot
Preface by:   Q. D. Leavis
Introduction by:   David Carroll
Edited by:   David Carroll
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   198g
ISBN:   9780141439754
ISBN 10:   0141439750
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   10 March 2004
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator and later editor of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, MIDDLEMARCH, and DANIEL DERONDA. David Carroll taught at Lancaster University.

Reviews for Silas Marner

I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect. . .which marks a classical work. Henry James I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect. . .which marks a classical work. --Henry James


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