Synopses & Reviews
'George Eliot seems to us among English romancers to stand alone. Fielding approaches her, but to our mind, she surpasses Fielding. Fielding was didactic-the author of 'Middlemarch' is really philosophic.... It sets a limit, we think to the development of the old fashioned English novel.' This is the opinion of Henry James, reviewing Middlemarch in 1873. In each succeeding generation the book has made the same profound impression on the best critics, who are almost unanimous in regarding it as George Eliot's masterpiece.