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Author McCormack, Kathleen, 1944-
Title George Eliot in society : travels abroad and Sundays at the Priory / Kathleen McCormack.
Published Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2013.
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 Floor4  PR4681 .M34 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xiii, 178 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-167) and index.
Contents Introduction: the big "S" -- Travels abroad : taking the waters -- Months of Sundays -- Between Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda : singers, lovers, and others -- The salons, the spas, and Daniel Deronda -- John Cross and the last spa.
Summary "Sundays at the Priory, the salons that George Eliot and George Henry Lewes conducted throughout the winter seasons during their later years in the 1870s, have generally earned descriptions as at once scandalous and dull, with few women in attendance, and guests approaching the Sibyl one by one to express their almost pious devotion. But both the guest lists of the salons--which include significant numbers of women, a substantial gay and lesbian contingent, and a group of singers who performed repeatedly--together with the couple's frequent travels to European spas, where they encountered many of the guests likely to visit the Priory, revise the conclusion that George Eliot lived her entire life as an ostracized recluse. Instead, newly mined sources reveal George Eliot as a member of a large and elite, if slightly Bohemian, international social circle in which she moved as a literary celebrity and through which she stimulated her creative imagination as she composed her later poetry and fiction. George Eliot in Society: Travels Abroad and Sundays at the Priory by Kathleen McCormack draws attention to the survival of the literary/musical/artistic salon in the Victorian era, at a time in which social interactions coexisted with rising tensions that would soon obliterate the European spa/salon culture in which the Leweses participated, both as they traveled abroad and at Sundays at the Priory." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Eliot, George, 1819-1880.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
ISBN 0814212115 cloth alkaline paper
9780814212110 cloth alkaline paper
9780814293133 cd
0814293131 cd
OCLC number 811777509