George Eliot's first full length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love.
Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles-and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.
Betrayed by their innocence, both Adam and Hetty allow their foolish hearts to trap them in a triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution. Only in the lovely Dinah Morris, a preacher, does Adam find his redemption.
George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann, or Marian, Evans (1819-1880), was an English Victorian novelist of the first rank. An assistant editor for the Westminster Review from 1851 to 1854, she wrote her first fiction in 1857 and her first full length novel, Adam Bede, in 1859. In her writing, she was chiefly preoccupied with moral problems, especially the moral development of her characters.
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"A firstrate novel." (Times, London)
"Adam Bede has taken its place among the actual experiences and endurances of my life." (Charles Dickens)
"Adam Bede was Eliot's first long novel. Its masterly realism-evident, for example, in the recording of Derbyshire dialect-brought to English fiction the same truthful observation of minute detail that John Ruskin was commending in the PreRaphaelites. But what was new in this work of English fiction was the combination of deep human sympathy and rigorous moral judgment." (Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature)
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