Drop Cap #5
On Sale: November 28, 2012
Featuring: Dorothea Brooke; Dr. Lydgate; Fred Vincy
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Literature and Fiction Classics
E is for Eliot. Considered one the masterpieces of
realist fiction, George Eliotâ€™s novel, Middlemarch: A Study
of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century
Midlands town in the midst of modern changes. The proposed
Reform Bill promises political change; the building of
railroads alters both the physical and cultural landscape;
new scientific approaches to medicine incite public
division; and scandal lurks behind respectability. The quiet
drama of ordinary lives and flawed choices are played out in
the complexly portrayed central characters of the novelâ€”the
idealistic Dorothea Brooke; the ambitious Dr. Lydgate; the
spendthrift Fred Vincy; and the steadfast Mary Garth. The
appearance of two outsiders further disrupts the townâ€™s
equilibriumâ€”Will Ladislaw, the spirited nephew of Dorotheaâ€™s
husband, the Rev. Edward Casaubon, and the sinister John
Raffles, who threatens to expose the hidden past of one of
the townâ€™s elite. Middlemarch displays George Eliotâ€™s
clear-eyed yet humane understanding of characters caught up
in the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge.
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