GEORGE ELIOT AND JOHN CHAPMAN by Gordon S. Haight

GEORGE ELIOT AND JOHN CHAPMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By meticulous study of Chapman's diaries, of letters and journals, the relationship between George Eliot and John Chapman is clarified. Cross, George Eliot's husband-biographer, carefully deleted all that might be questionable, and she emerges as a rather chilly goddess. The documents that Haight has discovered present a more human George Eliot, and this he does in the first half of this volume. The second half presents the Diaries from 1851 to 1860. Mary Anne Evans went to board with the byronic Chapman, to assist him editorially in his publishing, to arouse considerable jealousy and fury on the part of his wife and his mistress. While Mary Anne never became more than a ""benificent affection"", his mistress remained his ""passionate enthusiasm"". There's little left for the wife! Daily storm clouds until Mary Anne left to become helpmate to Lewes, and Chapman went on to other liaisons. Specialized -- limited.

Publisher: Yale