Born in 1819, Mary Ann Evans adopted a man's pen name to make sure that her books were taken seriously. As George Eliot, she became one of the Victorian era's most prominent novelists. Eliot's stories continue to captivate readers with their readable style and the warmth and humanity of their characters.
This 19th-century classic, read by Andrew Sachs, is a tale of betrayal, gold, and love, encased in the elegant symmetrical structure so popular in traditional English fiction, featuring Marner, the weaver, who is framed for theft by his best friend and becomes a recluse, focusing his strong affections only on the store of golden coins he receives in payment for his work. As usual, Chivers has produced an excellent audio presentation of a literary masterpiece. Alas, in this day and age fewer and fewer readers not enrolled in literature classes actually read the works of what are frequently referred to as "dead white males" even if, as in this case, they were actually written by a woman. For this reason, this title is recommended for all academic but only larger public libraries.--I. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ., Ames Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.