free booknotes online

Help / FAQ




<- Previous Page | First Page | Next Page ->
MonkeyNotes-Silas Marner by George Eliot
Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version

LITERARY/HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The first period of George Eliot's creative activity draws to a close with Silas Marner. She conceived it in November 1860, and by March 1861, George Eliot wrote to Blackwood, the publishers, that "it was a story of old fashioned village life which has unfolded itself from the merest millet-seed of thought." According to the author, the story was suggested by a childish memory of a linen- weaver, with his bag on his back. Some of her critics claim that she drew the plot from a Polish novel called Jermola the Polter, which is the story of a lonely old man who adopts a deserted infant, the care of whom brings him into contact with his own kind. In comparing the two novels, one finds more dissimilarities than similarities; thus it can be safely assumed that the story of Silas Marner was purely George Eliot's invention. The book is almost a poetic conception with the quality of pure fable in it; in fact, it has been called a "lyrical ballad in prose." George Eliot abandoned the idea of working out the story in blank verse because she felt that this would exclude the effective use of humor; instead, she decided to sustain a realistic treatment. This decision was definitely to her advantage because George Eliot was a more gifted prose-writer than a poet. In fact, her poetic works were dull and common place.


George Eliot chose the familiar setting of the English Midlands for Silas Marner. She was fairly skeptical that her tale about the simple joys and pains of common people would be appreciated in a post-Wordsworthian era. Contrary to her expectations, the book met with instant success, and 3,300 copies were immediately purchased. The public was attracted to the story of a weaver whose soul shrivels away to a mere lust of gold when ostracized by his own kind and then blooms again to full humanity by the natural affections of a child.

Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version


<- Previous Page | First Page | Next Page ->
MonkeyNotes-Silas Marner by George Eliot
Google
Web
PinkMonkey

Google
  Web PinkMonkey.com   

All Contents Copyright PinkMonkey.com
All rights reserved. Further Distribution Is Strictly Prohibited.


About Us
 | Advertising | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Home Page
This page was last updated: 5/9/2017 8:53:29 AM