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 inhabitantsâincluding 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 Bulstrodeâas they move in counterpoint to each other. Art, religion, politics, society, science, human relationships in all their complexityânothing is left unexamined under the narrator's microscope.Â Also included in this edition are pictures and an extensive section on George Eliot's life and works.
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