The first edition of this Cambridge Companion came out in 2001. Now, almost two decades later, on the occasion of the bicentenary of George Eliot's birth, we have a second edition, which shows us the vitality of George Eliot Studies.

Nancy Henry has been invited to join George Levine for editing the second edition of this volume, and most of the previous contributors are still here. When looking at the list of editors and contributors we notice that ten are Americans, the other four being from different parts of the English-speaking world (Ireland, England, Canada, and Australia). This reveals the growing importance of American scholars in the field of George Eliot studies.

The previous cover illustration after Frith representing gamblers in Homburg, a scene that reminded readers of the early chapters of Daniel Deronda, has now been replaced by a portrait of Mary Ann Evans in her twenties (years before...

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