George Eliot

Adam Bede by George Eliot (Penguin Classics)

Free Shipping

(3 customer reviews)
Book Condition

Cash on Delivery



Out of stock

Free Shipping


According to The Oxford Companion to English Literature, “the plot is founded on a story told to George Eliot by her aunt Elizabeth Evans, a Methodist preacher, and the original of Dinah Morris of the novel, of a confession of child-murder, made to her by a girl in prison.” The story’s plot follows four characters’ rural lives in the fictional community of Hayslope—a rural, pastoral and close-knit community in 1799. The novel revolves around a love “rectangle” among beautiful but self-absorbed Hetty Sorrel; Captain Arthur Donnithorne, the young squire who seduces her; Adam Bede, her unacknowledged suitor; and Dinah Morris, Hetty’s cousin, a fervent, virtuous and beautiful Methodist lay preacher. (The real village where Adam Bede was set is Ellastone[citation needed]on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border, a few miles from Uttoxeter and Ashbourne, and near to Alton Towers. Eliot’s father lived in the village as a carpenter in a substantial house now known as Adam Bede’s Cottage).

3 reviews for Adam Bede by George Eliot (Penguin Classics)

  1. Philips Khara (Verified Purchase)

    overall I would still say that Adam Bede is a fine and important book and deserves its classic status. Eliot is always worth reading, though if you are new to her work I would suggest starting with the Mill on the Floss before reading this, as it is a better example of her work and style.

  2. CH Ramesh (Verified Purchase)

    Adam Bede is the third book by George Eliot I have read, and I am big fan of her work. I enjoyed this, but it is her first length novel and it shows. I read Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch previously and absolutely loved them, both are truly great literature. It is really an unfair comparison, but Adam Bede doesn’t live up to the highest standard set up in those books.

  3. Sunpreet Singh (Verified Purchase)

    A life-affirming novel, beautifully written. George Eliot presents a rural community with understanding and conviction.

Add a review