‘Romola’s Waking’: George Eliot’s Historical Novel
This appreciation of the Waverley novels was not simply an extended adolescent sentiment, it was a vital shaping influence on the nature, form and intent of her own fiction.
I began to read him when I was seven years old, and afterwards when I was grown up and living alone with my Father, I was able to make the evenings cheerful for him … by reading aloud to him Scott’s novels. No other writer would serve as a substitute for Scott, and my life at that time would have been much more difficult without him. It is a personal grief, a heart-wound to me when I hear a depredating or slighting word about Scott.2
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- 1.See G. S. Haight George Eliot: A Biography (Oxford 1968), p. 319.Google Scholar
- 5.G. H. Lewes, Westminster Review, XLV, March 1846, p. 34ff. Lewes is reviewing Thornton Leigh Hunt’s The Foster Brother and Whitehall, by the author of Whitefriars.Google Scholar
- 12.See Barbara Hardy, The Novels of George Eliot (London 1959), 1973 edn., pp. 170–6.Google Scholar
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- 22.Henry James, Atlantic Monthly (October 1866). Reprinted in A Century of George Eliot Criticism, ed. by G. S. Haight (London 1966), p. 52.Google Scholar