Notable eras of modern civilization
Nineteenth Century, the age of novelists
Scott, Fielding, Dickens, Thackeray
Bulwer; women novelists
Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot
Early life of Marian Evans
Appearance, education, and acquirements
Change in religious views; German translations; Continental travel
Westminster Review; literary and scientific men
Her alliance with George Henry Lewes
Her life with him
First work of fiction, “Amos Barton,” with criticism upon
her qualities as a novelist, illustrated by the story
“Mr. Gilfils Love Story”
“The Mill on the Floss”
General characteristics of George Eliot
Death of Mr. Lewes; her marriage with Mr. Cross
Lofty position of George Eliot in literature
Religious views and philosophical opinions
Her failure as a teacher of morals
Regret at her abandonment of Christianity
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Madame de Recamier
After the painting by Baron Francois Pascal Gerard.
Abelard Teaching in the Paraclete
After the painting by A. Steinheil.
Joan of Arc Hears the Voices
After the painting by Eugene Thirion.
The Vision of St. Therese
After the painting by Jean Brunet.
Reception of the Great Conde by Louis xiv
After the painting by J. L. Gerome.
Ministerial Conference of Louis xiv. at the Salon of Madam de Maintenon After the painting by John Gilbert.
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough
After the painting by Pieter van der Werff, Pitti Palace, Florence.
Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough
After the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Mme. de Recamier
After the painting by Mlle. Morin
Madame de Stael
After the painting by Mlle. de Godefroid, Versailles.
Garrick and His Wife
After the painting by William Hogarth.
After the painting by H.W. Pickersgill, A.R.A..
BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY
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When Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, they yet found one flower, wherever they wandered, blooming in perpetual beauty. This flower represents a great certitude, without which few would be happy,—subtile, mysterious, inexplicable,—a great boon recognized alike by poets and moralists, Pagan and Christian; yea, identified not only with happiness, but human existence, and pertaining to the soul in its highest aspirations. Allied with the transient and the mortal, even with the weak and corrupt, it is yet immortal in its nature and lofty in its aims,—at once a passion, a sentiment, and an inspiration.