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HardCover. Pub Date :2013-01-12 Pages: 912 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot.. 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. The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during the period 1830-32. It has multiple plots 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....

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Winner of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books
Winner of the 2014 Type Directors Club Communication Design Award
Praise for Penguin Drop Caps:
-[Penguin Drop Caps] convey a sense of nostalgia for the tactility and aesthetic power of a physical book and for a centuries-old tradition of beautiful lettering.-
--Fast Company
-Vibrant, minimalist new typographic covers.... Bonus points for the heartening gender balance of the initial selections.-
--Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
-The Penguin Drop Caps series is a great example of the power of design. Why buy these particular classics when there are less expensive, even free editions of Great Expectations? Because they're beautiful objects. Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische's fresh approach to the literary classics reduces the design down to typography and color. Each cover is foil-stamped with a cleverly illustrated letterform that reveals an element of the story. Jane Austen's A (Pride and Prejudice) is formed by opulent peacock feathers and Charlotte Bronte's B (Jane Eyre) is surrounded by flames. The complete set forms a rainbow spectrum prettier than anything else on your bookshelf.-
--Rex Bonomelli, The New York Times
-Drool-inducing.-
--Flavorwire
-Classic reads in stunning covers--your book club will be dying.-
--Redbook

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In Middlemarch George Eliot gives us a portrait of provincial life in Victorian England that has never been surpassed.

Wit, irony, pathos and brilliant insight into human nature colour every strand of plot and every beautifully drawn character. Foremost among these and Dorothea Booke, passionate to use her spirit and talent in a wider world than that typically afforded to women in the 1830s; Casuabon, the dry, jealous academic; Doctor Lydgate, who dreams of pioneering research in medical science; spoilt, pretty Rosamond Vincy who sees as 'a man whom it would be delightful to enslave'.

The novel centres on the marriages of Dorothea and of Lydgate, and on the web of relationships that connects us to each other. While eagerly awaiting the next part of the Middlemarch serial in 1872, the Spectator critic declared that 'Middlemarch bids more than fair to be one of the great books of the world'.

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