ISBN-10: 0393974529

ISBN-13: 9780393974522

Edition: 2nd 2000

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In Middlemarch, George Eliot fashions a concept of life and society free of the dogma of the past yet able to confront the scepticism of the age. This hardback edition features an introduction by A. S. Byatt.
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List price: $15.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans on a Warwickshire farm in England, where she spent almost all of her early life. She received a modest local education and was particularly influenced by one of her teachers, an extremely religious woman whom the novelist would later use as a model for various characters. Eliot read extensively, and was particularly drawn to the romantic poets and German literature. In 1849, after the death of her father, she went to London and became assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a radical magazine. She soon began publishing sketches of country life in London magazines. At about his time Eliot began her lifelong relationship with George Henry Lewes. A married man, Lewes could not marry Eliot, but they lived together until Lewes's death. Eliot's sketches were well received, and soon after she followed with her first novel, Adam Bede (1859). She took the pen name "George Eliot" because she believed the public would take a male author more seriously. Like all of Eliot's best work, The Mill on the Floss (1860), is based in large part on her own life and her relationship with her brother. In it she begins to explore male-female relations and the way people's personalities determine their relationships with others. She returns to this theme in Silas Mariner (1861), in which she examines the changes brought about in life and personality of a miser through the love of a little girl. In 1863, Eliot published Romola. Set against the political intrigue of Florence, Italy, of the 1490's, the book chronicles the spiritual journey of a passionate young woman. Eliot's greatest achievement is almost certainly Middlemarch (1871). Here she paints her most detailed picture of English country life, and explores most deeply the frustrations of an intelligent woman with no outlet for her aspirations. This novel is now regarded as one of the major works of the Victorian era and one of the greatest works of fiction in English. Eliot's last work was Daniel Deronda. In that work, Daniel, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, gradually becomes interested in Jewish culture and then discovers his own Jewish heritage. He eventually goes to live in Palestine. Because of the way in which she explored character and extended the range of subject matter to include simple country life, Eliot is now considered to be a major figure in the development of the novel. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London, England, next to her common-law husband, George Henry Lewes.

The Text of Middlemarch
Letter to Sara Sophia Hennell (9 October 1843)
From The Natural History of German Life (1856)
From Amos Barton (1857)
Journal (30 November 1858)
From Adam Bede (1859)
Letter to Charles Bray (5 July 1859)
Letter to Mme. Eugene Bodichon (26 December 1860)
Letter to Mme. Eugene Bodichon (15 February 1862)
Letter to Frederic Harrison (15 August 1866)
Letter to Clifford Allbutt (August 1868)
From Notes on Form in Art (1868)
Journal (1 January 1869)
Letter to John Blackwood (7 May 1871)
Letter to George Eliot (20 July 1871)
Letter to John Blackwood (4 August 1872)
Letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe (October? 1872)
Journal (1 January 1873)
Letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe (11 November 1874)
Letter to Annie Crow (24 September 1876)
From Leaves from a Notebook (1871-79)
Quarry for "Middlemarch"
Contemporary Reviews
George Eliot's Middlemarch
George Eliot
[On Middlemarch]
Recent Criticism
Fiction and the "Matrix of Analogy"
History by Indirection: The Era of Reform in Middlemarch
Conservative Reform in Middlemarch
The Moral Imagination of George Eliot
"Stealthy Convergence" in Middlemarch
Women, Energy, and Middlemarch
Middlemarch: The Romance of Vocation
Middlemarch as a Religious Novel, or Life without God
"Not a Church, but an Individual Who Is His or Her Own Church": Religion in George Eliot's Middlemarch
What Rosy Knew: Language, Learning and Lore in Middlemarch
Allusive Mischaracterization in Middlemarch
A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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