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COLLECTED AND ARRANGED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION

ON HER “ANALYSIS OF MOTIVES,"

BY

NATHAN SHEPPARD,

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EDITOR or “CHARACTER READINGS FROM GEORGE ELIOT," AND

READER; ' AND AUTHOR OF "SHUT UP IN PARIS.

NEW YORK :
FUNK & WAGNALLS, PUBLISHERS,

10 AND 12 DEY STREET.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1883, by FUNK & WAGNALLS,

, In the Omice of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. C.

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PREFAOE.

SINCE the death of George Eliot much public curiosity has been excited by the repeated allusions to, and quotations from, her contributions to periodical literature, and a leading newspaper gives expression to a general wish when it says that “this series of striking essays ought to be collected and reprinted, both because of substantive worth and because of the light they throw on the author's literary canons and predilections.” In fact, the articles which were published anonymously in The Westminster Review have been so pointedly designated by the editor, and the biographical sketch in the “ Famous Women" series is so emphatic in its praise of them, and so copious in its extracts from one and the least important one of them, that the publication of all the Review and magazine articles of the renowned novelist, without abridgment or alteration, would seem but an act of fair play to her fame, while at the same time a compliance with a reasonable public demand.

Nor are these first steps in her wonderful intellectual progress any the less, but are all the more noteworthy, for being first steps. To ignore this stage,

To ignore this stage,” says the author of the valuable little volume to which we have just referred—“to ignore this stage in George Eliot's mental development would be to lose one of the connecting links in her history.” Fur

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