November 22, 2013

GEORGE ELIOT’S UGLY BEAUTY

George EliotIf George Eliot’s Wikipedia entry has received an unusually high number of views this week, the responsibility lies with Lena Dunham, who tweeted a couple of days ago that the Victorian novelist’s page was “the soapiest most scandalous thing you’ll read this month. Thesis: she was ugly AND horny!”

Alas, for the prurient-minded, Eliot’s wiki-biography is rather more elliptical in its characterization of the Victorian author. Itdoes say that “she was considered to have an ill-favoured appearance, and she formed a number of embarrassing, unreciprocated emotional attachments.” Of course, that’s only a fraction of what it says about her.

 

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