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Happy 200th to a finely touched spirit

200 years ago, the birth of Mary Ann Evans, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, better known to posterity as George Eliot. A nice tribute in the leaders of today's Guardian. The final paragraph from Middlemarch: Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely…

Possibly I am being too cynical about this?

But I noticed in passing a week or so ago a bit of a flurry about somebody going about Wow We Now Have A Female Hero, with Lyra in the televisation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials and a lot of pushback with people listing all the books with heroine leads that they had been reading decades…

Honestly, one wonders what books he's been reading, the saddo

In the 'Diary' section of the latest Literary Review, woezing over Teh State of Teh Novel and in particular Character in the Novel. And we are inclined to think that by 'novel' is meant the most rarefied of litfic - But you have a feeling that the terrible thinness of most of the people in…

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