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Middlemarch : a story of provincial life /

Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in 'Middlemarch' a concept of life and society free of the past's dogma yet able to confront the scepticism that was taking over the age.

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  • "Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions--heroism, egotism, love, and lust--interrelate within this society."
  • "Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in 'Middlemarch' a concept of life and society free of the past's dogma yet able to confront the scepticism that was taking over the age."@en
  • ""Set during the political upheavals of 19th century England, Middlemarch is an epic story of love, politics and frustrated passion." [box cover note]."@en
  • "In the fictional town of Middlemarch, selflessness, social reform, and romantic love struggle to survive against human foolishness, economic missteps, and societal ideals. Young and intelligent, Dorothea Brooke hastily marries Casaubon, a middle-aged scholar working tirelessly on his "masterpiece," The Key to All Mythologies. Their union soon sours, and Dorothea becomes trapped in a difficult situation that worsens upon the death of her husband. Elsewhere in town, Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic young doctor, is caught in an ill-fated union with the sweet but superficial Rosamund Vincy. Intertwined within the lives of these two unfortunate couples is the handsome artist Will Ladislaw, who is sympathetic to Lydgate's ideas about science and medicine, and who develops feelings for his uncle's wife'Dorthea Brooke. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library."@en
  • "An epic study of provincial life at a time when England was facing rapid industrialization and increasingly fluid social mobility, Eliot's depiction of the small community of Middlemarch weaves an intricate web of different characters disparate lives as they strive to adapt to the changing world around them. Eliot was one of the first of her female contemporaries to write a novel that dealt with real-life issues and complex yet ordinary human life."
  • "Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in Middlemarch a concept of life and society free of the past's dogma yet able to confront the scepticism that was taking over the age. Felicia Bonaparte has provided a new Introduction for this updated edition, the text of which is taken from David Carroll's Clarendon Middlemarch (1986), the first critical edition. - ;Writing at the very moment when the foundations of Western thought were being challenged and undermined, George Eliot fashions in Middlemarch (1871-2) th."@en
  • "A portrait of 19th century English provincial life focusing on Dorothea Brooks and her two marriages, Dr. Lydgate, and the Vincy family."
  • "A portrait of 19th century English provincial life focusing on Dorothea Brooks and her two marriages, Dr. Lydgate, and the Vincy family."@en
  • "In de eerste helft van de 19e eeuw verliest een jonge ambitieuze arts zijn illusies en integriteit door zijn huwelijk met een mooi maar oppervlakkig meisje."
  • "Dorothea Brooke marries a bitter, despotic scholar 30 years her senior who lives long enough to blight her spirit. At his death, she inherits his fortune only to discover that she will forfeit it if she marries her husband's young cousin, whom she dearly loves."@en
  • "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."
  • "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 from the dogma of the past yet able to confront the scepticism that was taking over the age. In a panoramic sweep of English life during thr years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832, Eliot explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships. Among her characters are some of the most remarkable."@en
  • "The moral struggle involved in trying to hold fast to personal integrity in a materialistic and mean-spirited society forms the dominant theme."
  • "Set in a provincial Victorian neighborhood, the author explores the complex social relationship and the struggle to hold fast to personal tragedy in a materialistic environment."
  • "The story of Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; and, the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past."
  • "A portrait of provincial life in Victorian England._"@en
  • "The lives of Dorothea Brooke, Lydgate, and the Vincy family are loosely entwined in this story of one young woman whose life is bound by the social conventions and strictures of the middle-class, 19th century English town around her."@en
  • "Dorothea Brooke marries a bitter, despotic scholar 30 years her senior who lives long enough to blight her spirit. At his death, she iinherits his fortune only to discover that she will forfeit it if she marries her husband's young cousin - the man whom she dearly loves."@en
  • "On April 10, 1994, PBS stations nationwide will air the first episode of a lavish six-part Masterpiece Theatre production of Eliot's brilliant work, Middlemarch, hosted by Russell Baker and produced by Louis Marks. The Modern Library is pleased to offer this official companion edition, complete with tie-in art and printed on acid-free paper. Unabridged. From the Hardcover edition."@en
  • ""A novel 'with a double plot interest. The heroine, Dorothea Brooke, longs to devote herself to some great cause and, for a time, expects to find it in her marriage to Rev. Mr. Casaubon, an aging scholar. Mr. Casaubon lives only eighteen months after their marriage, a sufficient period to disillusion her completely. He leaves her his estate, with the ill-intentioned proviso that she will forfeit if she marries his young cousin Will Ladislaw, whom she had seen frequently in Rome. Endeavoring to find happiness without Ladislaw, whom she has come to care for deeply, Dorothea throws herself into the struggle for medical reforms advocated by the young Dr. Lydgate. Finally, however, she decides to give up her property and marry Ladislaw. The second plot deals with the efforts and failure of Dr. Lydgate to live up to his early ideals.'" Reader's Ency. 4th ed. *** "The lives of three people in a nineteenth-century provincial community become entwined as crusader Dorothea Brooke is prevented from being with the man she loves, the idealistic Dr. Lydgate succumbs to materialism, and religioius hypocrite Bulstrode tries to hide his past crimes.""
  • "In 'Middlemarch', George Eliot fashions a concept of life and society free of the dogma of the past yet able to confront the scepticism of the age. This is one of ten of the most popular 'Penguin Classics' which have been given a dynamic, colourful makeover to celebrate 'Penguin Classics' Diamond Anniversary."@en
  • "Enter the provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830, where the individual destinies of tradespeople, middle classes, and country gentry shape and are shaped by the community."
  • "Enter the provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830, where the individual destinies of tradespeople, middle classes, and country gentry shape and are shaped by the community."@en
  • "Part of the "Collector's Library" series, this book's Afterword is by the well-known author, writer and journalist, Ned Halley. It features a brief biography of the author and a reading list."
  • "In Victorian England, the lives of Dorothea Brooke, Tertius Lydgate, and the Vincy family are loosely entwined in Eliot's classic story of love and death, betrayal and reconciliation."@en
  • "Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; and, the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past."
  • "Middlemarch is George Eliot's masterpiece, a Victorian novel on the grandest scale. Originally published in serial form in Blackwood's Magazine in 1871-1872, it was at once a critical and popular success. 'No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative,' V. S. Pritchett noted. Set in a fictional Midlands town, the novel chronicles nineteenth-century English provincial life through its precisely delineated characters, weaving many stories into one richly textured tapestry. Eliot renders her vast cast with cool irony and intelligence: Dorothea Brooke, the 'latter-day St. Theresa,' intense, impassioned, and frustrated; Tertius Lydgate, the idealistic young doctor who comes to Middlemarch fired with the desire to spread the new science of medicine; Fred Vincy and his spoiled, pretentious sister Rosamond; Casaubon, Dorothea's elderly husband, for whom she feels at first awe and finally pity; and the many lesser characters who people this epic in a small landscape. Unsurpassed in its depiction of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the great works of world literature."@en
  • "On April 10, 1994, PBS stations nationwide will air the first episode of a lavish six-part Masterpiece Theatre production of Eliot's brilliant work, Middlemarch, hosted by Russell Baker and produced by Louis Marks. The Modern Library is pleased to offer this official companion edition, complete with tie-in art and printed on acid-free paper. Unabridged.From the Hardcover edition."@en
  • "The lives of Dorothea Brooke, Lydgate, and the Vincy family are loosely entwined in Eliot's classic story of love and death, betrayal and reconciliation."
  • "Charts the concerns of a town full of people struggling to give their lives meaning in a world on the brink of the Industrial Revolution."
  • "Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers."
  • "A brilliant portrait of 19th-century English provincial life, Middlemarch is a multilayered work centering around two expertly-constructed characters: Dorothea Brooke, an ardent, intelligent, idealistic young woman who traps herself into a loveless marriage; and Tertius Lydgate, a well-connected and ambitious young doctor who comes to Middlemarch fired with the desire to spread the new science of medicine. Epic in scope of vision and unsurpassed in its depiction of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the greatest worksi n all of world literature."
  • "Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits."
  • "An unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits."@en
  • "Dr. Tertius Lydgate arrives in Middlemarch to begin a medical practice. Because of his knowledge of the latest medical techniques and his desire to do humanitarian work and pioneering laboratory research, Lydgate becomes the ideal candidate for the pro bono position of superintendent of a new Middlemarch hospital. Meanwhile, Dorothea Brooke, a well-to-do resident of the nearby town of Tipton Grange, desperately searches for a noble cause to occupy her time. She and her sister Celia, both orphans, live with their uncle, Arthur Brooke, in a spacious home where they enjoy a comfortable life. After Dorothea observes the plight of poor tenant farmers during a horseback ride in the country, she decides to promote new housing for the farmers. But Dorothea and Lydgate both encounter obstacles as they attempt to realize their dreams."@en
  • "Set in a fictional Midlands town, the novel chronicles nineteenth-century English provincial life through its precisely delineated characters, weaving many stories into one richly textured tapestry."@en
  • "Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Middlemarch, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author."
  • "This novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830-32. It has a multiple plot with a large cast of characters, and in addition to its distinct though interlocking narratives, it pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education. The pace is leisurely, the tone is mildly didactic (with an authorial voice that occasionally bursts through the narrative), and the canvas is very broad."@en

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