Bernard Semmel is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate School, City University of New York. He is the author or editor of several books including The Liberal Ideal and the Demons of Empire: Theories of Imperialism from Adam Smith to Lenin (1993).
"...One of the treasures of the American historical profession. What marks this remarkable body of scholarship is breadth, balance, integrity of mind and spirit, and a determination to avoid commonplace conclusions."--Journal of Modern History "...Semmel brings his exceptional knowledge of the Victorian intellectual millieu to bear on the complicated problem of national inheritance which pervades George Eliot's novels."--Victorian Studies "Intelligent and solidly historical throughout...generally sharp and to the point."--Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 "Semmel's readings of Eliot's works are illuminating because he brings to bear on his subject an impressive knowledge of major and minor documents of nineteenth-century intellectual history. He intimately understands...the network of intellectuals so important to Eliot and Lewes....Anyone interested in the history of ideas in the Victorian period should find this book informative."--CLIO