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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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2011, Naxos Audiobooks, Read by Juliet Stevenson “It was wicked to let a young girl blindly decide her fate in that way, without any effort to save her.” (Ch 29) Middlemarch, initially published ... Read full review

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While the book drags on a bit (to put it lightly) and turns into a romance novel at the end, it's an interesting view on the problem of voting privileges through the lens of a small town. Read full review

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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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