A George Eliot Chronology by Timothy Hands (auth.)

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July 'The Natural History of German Life', a review of Riehl, appears in the Westminster, along with her 'Belles Lettres' and' Art' sections. 5 (Sat) Sends Chapman her favourable comments on the latest issue of the Westminster. 12 Joined at Tenby for five days by Barbara Smith. 19 'A Tragic Story' appears in the Leader. Discusses an idea for an article on 'Silly Women's Novels' with GHL, intending it to be an article of wholesome truth as well as some humour. 20 Repeats the 'Silly Women's Novels' idea to Chapman.

May 26 (Tues) Begins eleven-day visit to Sara Hennell in Clapton. 18 A George Eliot Chronology June Bray buys the Coventry Herald. 15 (Mon) Life of Jesus published by Chapman. Varied reading following the completion of this translation includes Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth,. Dickens, Thackeray, Carlyle, Goethe, Disraeli, Rousseau and Sand. 26 Corn Importation Act receives royal assent. July Visits Dover with her father for a fortnight, and becomes considerably distressed by the deterioration in his health.

16 Returns with her father from St Leonards. ' Comments also on the fall of the French Socialist party: 'Paris, poor Paris - alas! ' (I, 190, 191). July Robert Evans's health continues to decline, GE nursing him through the coming months to her own physical disadvantage. 13 (Thurs) Introduced by the Brays to Emerson: 'the first man I have ever seen' (I, 191). The party visit Stratford, Emerson becoming much impressed by GE: 'That young lady has a calm, serious soul' (Haight, p. 66) August 12 (Sat) Death of George Stephenson.

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