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My Life in Middlemarch

By Rebecca Mead

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, reporting, 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 Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.

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Format: Book
Author: Mead, Rebecca
Summary: "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, reporting, 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 Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us."--From publisher description.
Title: My life in Middlemarch / Rebecca Mead.
Publisher Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Subject: Eliot, George, 1819-1880. Middlemarch. Mead, Rebecca -- Books and reading. Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Isbn: 9780307984760 (hbk.) 0307984761 (hbk.)
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System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 823.8 Mea
Oclc: 841039525
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Bib Id: 495758

Format: Book
Author: Mead, Rebecca, author.
Summary: "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."--From publisher description.
Summary: "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, reporting, 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 Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us."--From publisher description.
Title: My life in Middlemarch / Rebecca Mead.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Description: 293 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Eliot, George, 1819-1880. Middlemarch.
Subjects: Mead, Rebecca -- Books and reading.
Subjects: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-293).
Contents: Miss Brooke -- Old and young -- Waiting for death -- Three love problems -- The dead hand -- The widow and the wife -- Two temptations -- Sunrise and sunset.
LCCN: 2013011477
ISBN: 9780307984760 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0307984761 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 823.8 Mea