Synopses & Reviews
Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in Middlemarch (1871-2), the quintessential Victorian novel, a concept of life and society free of the dogma of the past yet able to confront the scepticism that was
taking over the age. The text of this edition comes from the original Clarendon edition, the first critical edition of the novel. Felicia Bonaparte has provided a new Introduction for this updated edition, which roots the characters and action in the conceptual concerns that that inspired the
This panoramic work--considered the finest novel in English by many critics--offers a complex look at English provincial life at a crucial historical moment, and, at the same time, dramatizes and explores some of the most potent myths of Victorian literature. The text of this edition comes from the Clarendon Middlemarch, the first critical edition of the novel.