This Norton Critical Edition of George Eliot's highly regarded novel of provincial English life is based on the 1874 edition, the last corrected by the author. Ample explanatory annotation has been provided by the editor.
"Backgrounds" elucidates Eliot's ideas on life and art with generous selections from her letters, journals, essays, and other fictional works. Five contemporary reviews record Middlemarch's initial reception.
"Recent Criticism" collects eleven essays—seven of them new to the Second Edition—that center on the novel's major themes. Mark Schorer, Jerome Bcaty, Cherry Wilhelm, Bert G. Hornback, Robert B. Heilman, Lee R . Edwards, Alan Mintz, T. R . Wright, Matthew Rich, Alan Shelston, and Claudia Moscovici provide their varied perspectives.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Preface Middlemarch Prelude Book I – Miss Brooke Book II – Old and Young Book III – Waiting for Death Book IV – Three Love Problems Book V – The Dead Hand Book VI – The Widow and the Wife Book VII – Two Temptations Book VIII – Sunset and Sunrise Finale
Backgrounds George Eliot • Letter to Sara Sophia Hennell (9 October 1843) From The Natural History of German Life (1856) From Amos Barton (1857) Journal (30 November 1858) From Adam Bede (1859) Letter to Charles Bray (5 July 1859) Letter to Mme. Eugène Bodichon (26 December 1860) Letter to Mme. Eugène Bodichon (15 February 1862) Letter to Frederic Harrison (15 August 1866) Letter to Clifford Allbutt (August 1868) From Notes on Form in Art (1868) Journal (1 January 1869) George Henry Lewes • Letter to John Blackwood (7 May 1871) John Blackwood • Letter to George Eliot (20 July 1871) George Eliot • Letter to John Blackwood (4 August 1872) Letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe (October? 1872) Journal (1 January 1873) Letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe (11 November 1874) Emily Davies • Letter to Annie Crow (24 September 1876) George Eliot • From Leaves from a Notebook (1871–79) Quarry for "Middlemarch" Quarry One Quarry Two
Criticism Contemporary Reviews Saturday Review • Middlemarch [Sidney Colvin] • Middlemarch Henry James • George Eliot's Middlemarch Joseph Jacobs • George Eliot Leslie Stephen • [On Middlemarch] Recent Criticism Mark Schorer • Fiction and the "Matrix of Analogy" Jerome Beaty • History by Indirection: The Era of Reform in Middlemarch Cherry Wilhelm • Conservative Reform in Middlemarch Bert G. Hornback • The Moral Imagination of George Eliot Robert B. Heilman • "Stealthy Convergence" in Middlemarch Lee R. Edwards • Women, Energy, and Middlemarch Alan Mintz • Middlemarch: The Romance of Vocation T. R. Wright • Middlemarch as a Religious Novel, or Life without God Matthew Rich • "Not a Church, but an Individual Who Is His or Her Own Church": Religion in George Eliot's Middlemarch Alan Shelston • What Rosy Knew: Language, Learning and Lore in Middlemarch Claudia Moscovici • Allusive Mischaracterization in Middlemarch