Middlemarch (1966) *SOLD OUT*

Six Tuesdays: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

$160.00 (10% off for members)

*SOLD OUT* “Reading Middlemarch is an extraordinary experience. All human life is there.”

These are the words of Rosemary Ashton, modern-day biographer of George Eliot. At the forefront of the Victorian novel, and what Henry James acknowledged as the work which reached the very limit, or apex of its development, Middlemarch takes us to a small town in the heart of the British midlands in the early 1830’s, and into “the hidden lives” of a doctor, a scientist, a scholar, a banker, and two women, both house-wives, struggling with the dissatisfactions of hastily-made marriages, unfamed careers, the fallout of fraud, the twists of inheritance, and the ceilings that hem the fairer sex into the inescapable box of domesticity.

Published by William Blackwood in eight parts, when George Eliot was in her early fifties and living happily with  the critic George Lewes, Middlemarch reflects the experiences and empathy of several life-times. The novel can be called the sum of Eliot’s own searching scholarship in the realms of art, ethics, science, philosophy and romantic love.  Remarkably, Eliot succeeds in cultivating a voice that  modulates between characters as disparate as the curmudgeon and the coquette, turning between multiple points of view within a small but complete society, while still keeping a perch for authorial omniscience. With passages of insight that range between the eminently humane and palpably divine, George Eliot ascends to a plane of literary genius few other authors of any century have touched.

Over the course of 6 weeks, we will be reading Middlemarch at a pace which allows for a cherishing of the descriptive language, and the construction of the novel as a work of art which deals with themes common to the Victorian novel and the historic era in which George Eliot lived. Six Tuesdays: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 1PM to 3PM. *SOLD OUT*  To be added to the waitlist email classes@politics-prose.com

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Nicole Miller's prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C.

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ISBN: 9780393974522
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 1999