George Eliot: The Emergent Self

by Ruby V. Redinger. Knopf, $15.00. Presumably this book should be described as a psychological study, for the facts of George Eliot’s life are distinctly subordinated to an examination of the development of her ideas and their eventual translation into fiction. The work is, on the whole, rewarding, although Ms. Redinger clearly shies away from anything more than superficial consideration of Eliot’s predilection for lesbian friends. Notes, index.