Daniel Deronda (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199682867

George Eliot; Graham Handley
768 Pages
131 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
Oxford World's Classics
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  • A new edition of George Eliot's last great novel, whose dual plot and Jewish storyline encompass issues that remain controversial and current in the twenty-first century.
  • The novel combines a powerful story of the intertwined lives of Gwendolen Harleth and Daniel Deronda against the backdrop of a morally bankrupt Britain and the vision of establishing a Jewish homeland.
  • New, wide-ranging introduction by K. M. Newton argues for the novel's innovations in its subject matter and treatment, linking it with aspects of modernist fiction and re-aligning its realism with romance-based fiction and the sensation novel. It considers themes of gambling and luck and questions negative judgements of the Jewish part.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Reprints the authoritative Clarendon critical text.

New to this Edition:

  • New introduction by K. M. Newton
  • New, up-to-date bibliography
  • New, fuller chronology
  • Revised explanatory notes

'she felt herself standing at the game of life with many eyes upon her, daring everything to win much'
Gwendolen Harleth gambles her happiness when she marries a sadistic aristocrat for his money. Beautiful, neurotic, and self-centred, Gwendolen is trapped in an increasingly destructive relationship, and only her chance encounter with the idealistic Deronda seems to offer the hope of a brighter future. Deronda is searching for a vocation, and in embracing the Jewish cause he finds one that is both visionary and life-changing. Damaged by their pasts, and alienated from the society around them, they must both discover the values that will give their lives meaning.
George Eliot's powerful novel is set in a Britain whose ruling class is decadent and materialistic, its power likely to be threatened by a politically emergent Germany. The novel's exploration of sexuality, guilt, and the will to power anticipates later developments in fiction, and its linking of the personal and the political in a context of social and economic crisis gives it especial relevance to the dominant issues of the twenty-first century.


Note on the Text
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A Chronology of George Eliot

Book I: The Spoiled Child
Book II: Meeting Streams
Book III: Maidens Choosing
Book IV: Gwendolen gets her Choice
Book V: Mordecak
Book VI: Revelations
Book VII: The Mother and the Son
Book VIII: Fruit and Seed

Appendix: The Chronoogy of Daniel Deronda
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

George Eliot
Edited by Graham Handley, formerly part-time lecturer, Department of Extramural Studies, University of London, and K. M. Newton, Professor Emeritus, University of Dundee
K. M. Newton's previous publications include George Eliot (ed., Longman, 1991), George Eliot, Judaism and the Novels (with Saleel Nurbhai, Palgrave, 2002), and Modernizing George Eliot (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011).

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