• J. R. Watson


In 1861, during the composition of Silas Marner, George Eliot wrote to her publisher, John Blackwood:

I don’t wonder at your finding my story, as far as you have read it, rather sombre: indeed, I should not have believed that any one would have been interested in it but myself (since William Wordsworth is dead) if Mr. Lewes had not been strongly arrested by it.1


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Notes and References

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    The George Eliot Letters, ed. Gordon S. Haight (New Haven and London, 1954–5) III. 382;Google Scholar
  2. quoted in Robert H. Dunham, ‘Silas Marner and the Wordsworthian Child’, Studies in English Literature, XVI (1966) pp. 645–59. I am indebted to this article for pointing out the significant connections between Wordsworth and George Eliot which I have used here.Google Scholar
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    Biographia Literaria, ed. J. Shawcross (Oxford, 1907) II. 6.Google Scholar
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    Wallace Jackson, ‘Wordsworth and his predecessors: Private Sensations and Public Tones’, Criticism, XVII (1975) pp. 41–58.Google Scholar
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    S. T. Coleridge, Lay Sermons, ed. R.J. White (London, 1972) p. 30.Google Scholar
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    Quoted by Helen Darbishire, The Poet Wordsworth (Oxford, 1950) p. 49.Google Scholar
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    ‘The Sparrow’s Nest’, printed in Jared R. Curtis, Wordsworth’s Experiments with Tradition (Ithaca and London, 1971) p. 197.Google Scholar
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    The Complete Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, ed. R. Ingpen and W. E. Peck (London, 1965) VII. 112.Google Scholar
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    ‘Interview with Peter Redgrove’, by Jed Rasula and Mike Erwin, Hudson Review XXVIII (1975) pp. 377–401.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    E. W. Heaton, The Old Testament Prophets (Harmondsworth, 1958) p. 130.Google Scholar
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    W. J. T. Mitchell, ‘Style and Epistemology: Blake and the Movement toward Abstraction in Romantic Art’, Studies in Romanticism, 16 (1977) p. 146.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See John Alban Finch, ‘Wordsworth’s Two-Handed Engine’, Bicentenary Wordsworth Studies, ed. J. Wordsworth (Ithaca and London, 1970) pp. 1–13.Google Scholar
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    Philip Wheelwright, The Burning Fountain (Bloomington and London, 1966) pp. 18–19.Google Scholar
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