George Eliot -- who's he?
Why did one of the greatest novelists of all time use a male pseudonym? Starting with this question, Dr Creina Mansfield will explore the life and works of George Eliot, who wrote at a time of great political change.
Political crisis is at the heart of Middlemarch, which Virginia Woolf described as 'one of only ten novels in the English language written for grown-ups'. We discover the lives of the inhabitants of a small English town on the eve of the Reform bill of 1832, depicted by a novelist renowned for the depth of her characterisations and for her psychological insight.
Refreshments will be served from 1.30pm and the talk will begin at 2.00 p.m.. Tickets for guests of members must be booked in advance.
About the speaker
Dr Creina Mansfield has degrees from Cambridge and Manchester Universities. She has published seven works of fiction for young people and also a re-writing of Graham Greene's The Quiet American from the woman character's point of view. Her special interests are the novel & the theory of narrative structure. She is a trustee of The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust which organises a festival every year in his home town of Berkhamsted.