The Cult Of Goethe

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George Elliot, among other British women writers, embraced German culture because her own culture was unwelcoming for female writers. George Elliot (then Mary Ann Evans) grew as a writer after she eloped with George Henry Lewes to Weimar. Having had no training in Greco-Roman traditions prevalent in Britain, Elliot found her literary foundation in the German literary canon. She was not shunned for being a woman in a non-standard relationship in polite German society, and she was free to hone her talents and branch out of translating German literature. Read full article here

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