Middlemarch has long been regarded as George Eliot’s finest work. Did you know that it was planned as separate stories – and yet it has been praised for its unity of purpose and theme. Eliot weaves together four plot lines – Dorothea and her disastrous marriage, Dr Lydgate and his tragic marriage to Rosamund Vincy, Mary Garth and her two suitors, and the Bulstrodes, he with a secret to hide from the world, and she willing to give up all for the man she loves. We are drawn into their stories as the author probes – marriages, ambitions, failures and successes are all examined. It’s all so psychologically compelling, and so superbly written.
Learn more about George Eliot’s life story, her painful struggles to find love in spite of her lack of beauty, her beginnings as an author, and then her marriage to a man much younger than herself.
In the view of many critics, a reading life is woefully incomplete if it has not included this superb novel. Join me as we explore this incredible book.
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