Eliot's finest achievement
It was George Eliot's ambition to create a world and portray a whole community--tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry--in the rising fictional provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, Middlemarch is richer still in character and in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Rosemary Ashton
‘The most profound, wise and absorbing of English novels … and, above all, truthful and forgiving about human behaviour’