Adam Bede

Introduction

Adam Bede was the first novel by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot), and was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since and is regularly used in university studies of 19th-century English literature.[1][2] She described the novel as, “A country story full of the breath of cows and scent of hay”.


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