My Life in Middlemarch

My Life in Middlemarch

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A New Yorkerwriter revisits the seminal book of her youth-Middlemarch-and fashions a singular, involving story of how apassionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and helpus to read our own histories.Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town whenshe first read George Eliot's Middlemarch,regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission toOxford and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through severallove affairs, then marriage, and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which VirginiaWoolf famously described as one of the few English novels written for grown-uppeople, offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.In this wise and revealing work of biography, reportage, andmemoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as wellas the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structurethat deftly mirrors that of the novel, MyLife in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot's masterpiece-the complexityof love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama ofaspiration and failure-and brings them into our world. Offering both afascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an exploration of the way aspectsof Mead's life uncannily echo that of the author herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature whocares about why we read books, and how they read us.

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A "New Yorker" writer explores the themes and complex influence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch," discussing how her own repeated readings of the literary classic shaped her education, career, relationships, and family life.

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A New Yorker writer revisits the seminal book of her youth—Middlemarch—and fashions a singular, involving story of how a passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories.

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot’s Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage, and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.

In this wise and revealing work of biography, reportage, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot’s masterpiece—the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure—and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot’s biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead’s life uncannily echo that of the author herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.



Publisher: New York : Crown, 2014
ISBN: 9781482973501
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

I'm only on chapter 3 with much more to go and it feels like I am already knee deep into something I don't want to keep listening to. This is not a memoir about Rebecca Mead as experienced through Middlemarch, but instead an exploration of George Eliot's life through Middlemarch, which is fine, but not what I expected.

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Oct 07, 2014

Good reader. Seems to be a very intimate detailed account of the author known as George Eliot & the mid 1800's England customs. I enjoyed this for the little details of her life. I struggled with Middlemarch & greatly enjoy her other books.

niafrances Jul 05, 2014

This audio will be of interest to the George Elliott fan. It definitely made me think about re-reading Middlemarch and reading some of her other books for the first time. It made me nostalgic for novels of old like those by Edith Wharton and Henry James--I'm not sure who writes contemporary novels of similar scope and depth.

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