Secret Sides of Writers Revealed; SPOTLIGHT WILL BE ON ELIOT'S FEMINISM AND LARKIN'S FATHER

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), August 2, 2001 | Go to article overview

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. …

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