Press Release: Middlemarch
A Study of Provincial Life
Introduced by John Mullan
Illustrated by Pierre Mornet
‘One of the few English novels written for grown-up people’
Perhaps the greatest novel in the English language – certainly felt to be by many of our great modern novelists, among them Zadie Smith, Martin Amis and Julian Barnes – George Eliot’s sweeping story of a manufacturing town and its inhabitants is widely acknowledged to be her masterpiece and a triumph of realist fiction.
Eliot pushed the boundaries of expectation for female writers in her times, refusing to conform to the flighty romance and happy endings of her peers’ publications. Middlemarch offers a lament for the limited options available to women in late Regency England, alluding to their lost potential and unrealised dreams. But it also tackles themes including morality, social mobility and industrialisation. Ultimately, the human condition is at the mercy of the rapidly changing world.
Every bit as powerful and perceptive in our time as it was 150 years ago, Middlemarch displays George Eliot’s clear-eyed yet humane understanding of characters caught up in the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge.
This exceptional large-format collector’s edition from The Folio Society coincides with the 200th anniversary of Eliot’s birth in November and is a fitting celebration of this monumental work. Celebrated French artist Pierre Mornet has created 15 striking illustrations that blend realism and subtle stylisation. The blocked binding frames a silver and gold silhouette of Dorothea Brooke and the binding’s floral motif is echoed on the slipcase.
John Mullan, Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature at University College London, has contributed a new introduction and offers a fresh perspective on the novel by examining the central couples’ relationships.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Caslon. 768 pages.15 full-page colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. Blocked cloth slipcase. 11˝ x 7¼˝
UK £75.00 US $115.00 Can $150.00 Aus $170.00
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