The Lifted Veil Criticism

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Eliot paused between the publication of Adam Bede and completion of The Mill on the Floss to write her (long) short story, "The Lifted Veil." Blackwood, her publisher, was reluctant to publish the story, because it didn't fit in with her previous novel, and because he feared the controversial nature of its supernatural subject-matter would not be well received. Blackwood wrote her that, although it was "a very striking story, full of thought and most beautifully written," he "wished the theme had been a happier one." Eliot herself described "The Lifted Veil" as "a slight story of the outré kind[,] not a jeu d'esprit, but a jeu de malancholie." "The Lifted Veil" was, nevertheless, published anonymously in a literary journal in 1849. But Blackwood's opinion of the story remained negative, as he advised Eliot not to include "The Lifted Veil," as well as another...

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