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I have probably read this book more carefully than any other reader still alive. I first read it in 11th grade in high school and THOROUGHLY hated it. I was angry at the author and angry at my English teacher for assigning this book. Any modern student of writing who turned in such a plodding piece of work would surely be given a bad grade, because the book was just not at all engaging. The occasional hundred-word sentences and confusing syntax would see to that. Accordingly, I swore that "one day" I would rewrite this book in a more engaging style. Finally, fifty years later I did it. Last year I released Silas Marner in Modern Language. The new version is now available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. I hope modern readers will read the new version and experience a much more enjoyable contact with this novel. I have tried to be true to the length and mood of the original. I have disentangled some of "George Eliot's" most horribly-rendered sentences. It was not abridged and not significantly changed, other than to give the improved readability.
Maybe I should have named my rewrite of this book something like, "The Persistence of Teenaged Revenge."
Thomas H. Ledford, Ph.D. (and promise-keeper)