George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of
diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community.
Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator and later editor of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda. Rosemary Ashton is Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London.
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of
reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable
spaciousness of its narrative."
--V. S. Pritchett