Secret Sides of Writers Revealed; SPOTLIGHT WILL BE ON ELIOT'S FEMINISM AND LARKIN'S FATHER
Byline: BARBARA GOULDEN
REVELATIONS about two Coventry and Warwickshire writers will be made during open evenings at a city library.
Neighbourhood librarian Carol Jones said: "We hope to shed new light on the lives of Coventry poet Philip Larkin and Nuneaton-born novelist George Eliot.
"In Larkin's case the truth is interwoven with a little fiction but is still fascinating and controversial. And people will be able to hear the real voice of George Eliot through a reading of her only published play."
Mrs Jones has organised the two free events on September 25 and 27, when a glass of wine will be on offer in the library on the corner of Earlsdon Avenue North from 8.15pm.
The September 25 event concentrates on George Eliot and will offer a rehearsed reading of the Middlemarch author's little-known play, Armgart.
Kenilworth's Talisman The-atre member Tony Burrows is organising the reading, which superficially tells the story of an opera singer who loses her voice.
But the play - which in the 1850s sank with hardly a ripple - offers us the early feminist voice of Eliot, says Mr Burrows.
He said: "Most people know that George Eliot's real name was Mary Ann Evans, that she was born in Nuneaton in 1819 and later educated in Coventry. …