Virtual Literary Salon: 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot

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Virtual Literary Salon: 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot

"Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships."

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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By the time Eliot wrote Middlemarch, she was in her fifties and still feeling uncertain as to her career as a writer. She would come to be considered one of the best Victorian writers.

Plot summary: The story is principally concerned with the lives of Dorothea Brooke, an energetic, intelligent, wealthy young woman and of Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic, talented, yet naïve young doctor. Parallels can be drawn between the two characters; they both have great aspirations in their work and find themselves in marriages in which they are not happy with. In addition, numerous sub-plots draw together the lives of the inhabitants of the town. Considered one of the great achievements of English literature, George Eliot’s Middlemarch was immensely popular upon its original publication and remains to this day one of the finest examples of the author’s prolific and accomplished literary career (Amazon).