The lives of Dorothea Brooke, Lydgate, and the Vincy family are loosely entwined in a middle-class town, in the story of one young woman whose life is bound by the social conventions and strictures of the town around her. Reissue.
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: Few novelists have ever attempted so broad a canvas as George Eliot in her masterpiece, Middlemarch.
Portraying every level of social life in a provincial Midlands town called Middlemarch, she interweaves several intensely dramatic stories of love and death, betrayal and reconciliation, into one of the finest pictures of nineteenth-century England ever created. Its acute psychological penetration also makes it an exceptionally modern work, particularly in the romantic idealism of Dorothea Brooke, who often resembles George Eliot herself, and in the disastrous marriage and thwarted career of the young reformist doctor, Lydgate. Virginia Woolf called it âone of the few English novels written for grown-up peopleââand it is truly great literature that ranks among the best novels in the world.