Dinitia Smith ’67, Award-Winning Author Discusses "The Honeymoon,"

a biographical novel about George Eliot, author of Middlemarch.

Dinitia Smith ’67, discusses her forthcoming book, The Honeymoon, a biographical novel about George Eliot.

Dinitia Smith ‘67 is an award-winning author of four novels, including The Illusionist, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. For eleven years, Smith was a cultural correspondent for the New York Times specializing in literature and the arts. She is also an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and has taught literature at Columbia University, New York University, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.

About The Honeymoon

Based on the life of George Eliot, famed author of Middlemarch, this captivating account of Eliot’s passions and tribulations explores the nature of love in its many guises.

Dinitia Smith’s spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of twenty-six years. Eliot was bereft: left at the age of sixty to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal, and the prospect of loneliness.

In her youth, Marian Evans - who would later be known as George Eliot - was a country girl, considered too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of her day - with a male nom de plume.

The Honeymoon explores different kinds of love, and the possibilities of redemption and happiness even in an imperfect union. Smith integrates historical truth with her own rich rendering of Eliot’s inner voice, crafting a page-turner that is as intelligent as it is gripping.

 

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