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Editor’s Note: Felix Holt, The Radical (1866) by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, takes place duriin political turmoil resulting from England’s Reform Act of 1832. Harold Transome, a landowner, has returned from a successful trading career in the Far East and is standing for Parliameen as a “radical,” although the true radicals are young Felix Holt and the Rev. Rufus Lyon, a dissenting minister. Esther Lyon, Rufus’s stepdaughter, is attracted to Felix and his high moral standards...

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