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A stunningly compelling insight into the human struggle to find contentment
Dorothea is bright, beautiful, and rebellious and has married the wrong man. Lydgate is the ambitious new doctor in town and has married the wrong woman. Both of them long to make a positive difference in the world. But their stories do not proceed as expected and both they, and the other inhabitants of Middlemarch, must struggle to reconcile themselves to their fates and find their places in the world. Middlemarch contains all of life: the rich and the poor, the conventional and the radical, literature and science, politics and romance.
Mary Anne Evans (1819–1880) adopted the pseudonym George Eliot when she began her writing career. Known for her works of realism and psychological perspicacity, her other novels include Adam Bede and Silas Marner.
"Another great romantic story, in which the adorable intellectually pretentious heroine makes a disastrous marriage to a desiccated fossil before finding true love with a penniless somebody." —Jilly Cooper
"Perhaps the greatest novel of them all . . . An enormous canvas and a vast and poignant range of character . . . a marvellous portrait of nineteenth-century provincial life." —Joanna Trollope
"In Middlemarch George Eliot's serious intelligence produced a novel that no one else could have been capable of—a picture of society as an organic, living, breathing synthesis—order and disorder, hope and hopelessness, pride and humility, charity and greed." —Kate Atkinson
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