Middlemarch by George Eliot

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Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. It is her seventh novel, begun in 1869 and then put aside during the final illness of Thornton Lewes, the son of her companion George Henry Lewes. During the following year Eliot resumed work, fusing together several stories into a coherent whole, and during 1871–72 the novel appeared in serial form. The first one-volume edition was published in 1874, and attracted large sales. Subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life", the 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.

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  1. - 1st on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  2. - 1st on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - 6th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  4. - 7th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  5. - 7th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  6. - 8th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - 18th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  8. - 25th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  9. - 68th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  10. - 92nd on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  11. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  12. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  13. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  14. - Great Books of the Western World (Great Books Foundation)
  15. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  16. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  17. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  18. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  19. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  20. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  21. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)

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