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Adam Bede

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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1. 01 – The Workshop
2. 02 – The Preaching
3. 03 – After the Preaching
4. 04 – Home and Its Sorrows
5. 05 – The Rector
6. 06 – The Hall Farm
7. 07 – The Dairy
8. 08 – A Vocation
9. 09 – Hetty’s World
10. 10 – Dinah Visits Lisbeth
11. 11 – In The Cottage
12. 12 – In the Wood
13. 13 – Evening In The Wood
14. 14 – The Return Home
15. 15 – The Two Bed-Chambers
16. 16 – Links
17. 17 – In Which The Story Pauses A Little
18. 18 – Church
19. 19 – Adam on a Working Day
20. 20 – Adam Visits the Hall Farm
21. 21 – The Night School and the Schoolmaster
22. 22 – Going to the Birthday Feast
23. 23 – Dinner-Time
24. 24 – The Health-Drinking
25. 25 – Book 3, Chapter 25: The Games
26. 26 – Book 3, Chapter 26: The Dance
27. 27 – A Crisis
28. 28 – A Dilemma
29. 29 – Book 4,Chapter 29:The Next Morning
30. 30 – The Delivery of the Letter
31. 31 – In Hetty’s Bed-Chamber
32. 32 – Mrs Poyser Has Her Say Out
33. 33 – More Links
34. 34 – The Betrothal
35. 35 – The Hidden Dread
36. 36 – The Journey of Hope
37. 37 – The Journey in Despair
38. 38 – The Quest
39. 39 – The Tidings
40. 40 – The Bitter Waters Spread
41. 41 – The Eve of the Trial
42. 42 – The Morning of the Trial
43. 43 – The Verdict
44. 44 – Arthur’s Return
45. 45 – In the Prison
46. 46 – The Hours of Suspense
47. 47 – The Last Moment
48. 48 – Another Meeting in the Wood
49. 49 – Book 6, Chapter 49: At the Hall Farm
50. 50 – In the Cottage
51. 51 – Sunday Morning
52. 52 – Adam and Dinah
53. 53 – The Harvest Supper
54. 54 – The Meeting on the Hill
55. 55 – Marriage Bells
56. 56 – Epilogue

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Summary

A young carpenter falls in love with the village beauty. She, however, has set her sights on a dashing army captain who's the son of the wealthy local squire. Meanwhile, a beautiful and virtuous young woman preacher arrives in the village. What happens to these people and the strange twists and turns that their lives take are described in the rest of the book. Adam Bede was George Eliot's first published novel. Published in 1859, the book has remained a firm favorite with readers and academicians alike and is still taught in many English literature courses all over the world. George Eliot was the pen name of well respected scholar, translator and journalist Mary Ann Evans. She adopted a male pseudonym so she could be viewed as a serious writer. Many Victorian women writers had to combat the prevailing notion that women novelists wrote only light hearted romances or Gothic tales. Eliot was largely a self taught person. Her father was the manager of a stately home in Warwickshire and it was here that Eliot had access to the extensive library. She was a voracious reader and taught herself the Classical languages, which she draws upon extensively in her work. In fact, only one of her seven novels can be set without using Greek typeface. Living on the estate also provided her a view of the immense contrast between the lives of the workers and the landowners. She began writing for a radical left-wing journal, The Westminster Review. One of her essays was titled “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” in which she criticized the dramatic and over emotional writing style and plots of books written by women. Following this, she decided to disprove the theory that women were only capable of such work. A series of stories entitled Scenes of a Clerical Life was published under the pseudonym George Eliot in 1857. Adam Bede was her first complete novel. It met with immediate success and there was intense speculation about the real identity of its author. When impostors began to emerge, claiming authorship, Mary Ann Evans revealed herself to be the real person behind the name. Adam Bede is notable for its compassion and humane outlook on life. Charles Dickens praised it for its authentic representation of rural life. Though many critics have found the plot to be contrived and subject to frequent “meddling” by the author herself, the story remains interesting and engaging even today more than a hundred years after it was first published.

Reviews

Susan Young

- ADAM BEDE

I’m just discovering these other wonderful George Eliot books. ADAM BEDE has it all: strong moral content, romance, and delightful, often comical characters!