George Eliot A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy

by George Willis Cooke

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

George Eliot A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy Synopsis

American Unitarian minister George Willis Cooke (1848-1923) worked for almost thirty years in Unitarian churches across the United States before turning full-time to scholarly pursuits in 1900. Cooke, a voracious reader who was largely self-taught, attended Meadville Theological School in Illinois but never graduated. A radical in theology and politics, he was drawn to the transcendentalist authors and in 1881 published a critical study of the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cooke's George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings and Philosophy (1883) probably emerged from those same philosophical impulses. The book was published just after Blind's biography, but Cooke asserts that with a small exception his work was complete when hers appeared; moreover, his study prioritises the act of 'interpreting and criticising [Eliot's] teachings' over the details of her life, and the book's organisation reflects this hierarchy, giving insights into the contemporary reception of George Eliot.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108019613
Publication date: 16th September 2010
Author: George Willis Cooke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 450 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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