The Spanish Gypsy.
Eliot, George.

Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1868. First edition. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, top corner bumped, light foxing to first and last few leaves. Overall a very good, tight copy. Publisher's dark blue cloth with covers blocked in blind and spine blocked and lettered in gilt. Octavo. [6], 358 + 8 pp. publish (Item ID: 15879)


Eliot worked on this poem for several years, and visited Spain in 1867 to research it. It is set in fifteenth-century Andalucia and tells the story of Fedalma, a young woman who was born a gypsy but raised in luxury as a Catholic by her fiancé Don Silva’s family. It is the story of a clash of who culture and anticipates her later work, especially Daniel Deronda.

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