Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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It came to me first of all, quite suddenly, as a sort of legendary tale, suggested by my recollection of having once, in early childhood, seen a linen-weaver with a bag on his back; but, as my mind dwelt on the subject, I became inclined to a more realistic treatment. Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver is reduced to a spider-like existence, endlessly weaving his web and hoarding his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage. While the village celebrates Christmas and New Year, two apparently inexplicable events occur: Silas loses his gold and finds a child on his hearth. The imaginative control George Eliot displays as her narrative gradually reveals causes and connections has rarely been surpassed. Silas Marner (1861) is the shortest and most immediately accessible of Eliot's novels. She takes the materials of legend and fairy tale and provides them with a historically precise setting, drawing on some of the most advanced ideas of her day in order to represent states of mind and belief at the limits of rational perception. This edition, which is based on the carefully corrected text George Eliot prepared a few months after the first edition, is accompanied by an introduction which illuminates the intellectual context of what has often been presented as a nostalgic, sentimental tale. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199536771
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 195 x 128 x 11 mm

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“A Rural Masterpiece”

A lovely book. Shades of Thomas Hardy, this tale is set in the lost rural world of the early 19th Century. George Eliot captures the atmosphere beautifully and creates timeless characters you really care about. This... More

Paperback edition
14th January 2010
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“you wont put this down”

I have read many types of books on many subjects but I must admit that this compelling story by George Eliot stands alone, it is a story of love, lust, loss and greed and above all new beginnings, Silas Marner is a... More

Hardback edition
28th July 2010
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