Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780679405672, 936pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 1991
One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, "Middlemarch" is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot "was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment."
Introduction by E. S. Shaffer
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With Lewes s encouragement, Mary Ann Evans wrote her first fictional work, The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton, for "Blackwood s Magazine" in 1857; it was followed by two more stories published under the pseudonym George Elliot George because it was Lewes s name and Eliot because, she said, it was good mouth-filling, easily pronounced word. At the age of thirty-nine she used her memories of Warwickshire to write her first long novel, "Adam Bede" (1859), a book that established her as the foremost woman novelist in her day. Then came" The Mill on the Floss "(1860), Silas Marner (1861), and "Romola" (1863). Her masterpiece and one of the greatest English novels, Middlemarch, was published in 1871-72. Her last work was "Daniel Deronda" (1876). After Lewes s death George Eliot married John Walter Cross. He was forty; she was sixty-one. Before her death on December 22, 1880, she had been recognized by her contemporaries as the greatest living writer of English fiction."
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative."
--V. S. Pritchett