Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)
- Publish Date: 2003-03-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: George Eliot
George Eliot'sÂ Victorian masterpiece:Â a magnificent portrait of a provincial town and its inhabitants
George Eliotâs novel,Â Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of modern changes. The proposed Reform Bill promises political change; the building of railroads alters both the physical and cultural landscape; new scientific approaches to medicine incite public division; and scandal lurks behind respectability. The quiet drama of ordinary lives and flawed choices are played out in the complexly portrayed central characters of the novelâthe idealistic Dorothea Brooke; the ambitious Dr. Lydgate; the spendthrift Fred Vincy; and the steadfast Mary Garth. The appearance of two outsiders further disrupts the townâs equilibriumâWill Ladislaw, the spirited nephew of Dorotheaâs husband, the Rev. Edward Casaubon, and the sinister John Raffles, who threatens to expose the hidden past of one of the townâs elite.Â MiddlemarchÂ displays George Eliotâs clear-eyed yet humane understanding of characters caught up in the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge.Â This Penguin Classics edition uses the second edition of 1874 and features an introduction and notes by Eliot-biographer Rosemary Ashton. In her introduction, Ashton discusses themes of social change inÂ Middlemarch, and examines the novel as an imaginative embodiment of Eliot's humanist beliefs.
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