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A Stick on Fire

Gillian Beer, 7 February 1985

Clarkey: A Portrait in Letters of Mary Clarke Mohl 1793-1883 
by Margaret Lesser.
Oxford, 235 pp., £15, September 1984, 0 19 211787 4
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George Eliot and Community: A Study in Social Theory and Fictional Form 
by Suzanne Graver.
California, 340 pp., £22.70, August 1984, 0 520 04802 4
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... free spirit such as Mary Mohl; the narrative is burdened with the responsibilities of connection. Suzanne Graver’s long, learned and somewhat rambling book illustrates the variety of contexts within which George Eliot was writing and thinking, from Comte to Maine on Ancient Law, from Spencer and Lewes to Feuerbach with his Marxian potential. She ...

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