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Alma Classics, Jul 1, 2010 - Fiction - 761 pages
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A literary landmark in its groundbreaking approach, as well as a priceless document of its age


One of the most ambitious narratives of nineteenth-century realism, Middlemarch tells the story of an entire town in the years leading up to the Reform Bill of 1832, a time when modern methods were starting to challenge old orthodoxies. Eliot's sophisticated and acute characterization gives rich expression to every nuance of feeling, and vividly brings to life the town's inhabitants—including the young idealist Dorothea Brooke, the dry scholar Casaubon, the young, passionate reformist doctor Lydgate, the flighty young beauty Rosamond, and the old, secretive banker Bulstrode—as they move in counterpoint to each other. Art, religion, politics, society, science, human relationships in all their complexity—nothing is left unexamined under the narrator's microscope. Also included in this edition are pictures and an extensive section on George Eliot's life and works.

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The plot is textured and rich, the writing sublime. - Goodreads
Hopefully something resembling a plot will happen soon. - Goodreads
The writing is just amazing. - Goodreads
Eliot has a way of writing which is atemporal. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Terri Jacobson - Goodreads

I have to admit that I struggled with this work of classic literature. I have tried several times to read it, and something always prevented me from going far. On this attempt, however, I found myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot is a classic of nineteenth century prose about a vividly portrayed city in England with a cast of characters who fill the pages with perceptions, desires, and belief ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Born Mary Anne Evans, novelist George Eliot (1819?1880) was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological insight. Middlemarch is her masterpiece.

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