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My Life in Middlemarch - Rebecca Mead
My Life in Middlemarch
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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... show more
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: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307984760 (0307984761)
ASIN: 307984761
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 293
Edition language: English
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It's a Hardback Life
It's a Hardback Life rated it
4.0 Review: My Life in Middlemarch
While I’ve read probably close to a dozen books that can be classified as bibliomemoir, this is the first I’ve encountered that focuses on a single book as opposed to a selection or progression of many. Rebecca Mead has both physical and emotional ties to Middlemarch, having grown up in the same sor...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
2.0 My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
bookshelves: summer-2015, lit-crit, lit-richer, nonfiction, author-in-the-mirror, autobiography-memoir, published-2014, books-about-books-and-book-shops Read from June 30 to July 04, 2015 Description: Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's M...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
3.0 More of a scholarly biography and study of George Eliot's Middlemarch than the title and description suggest.
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books. I came to read George Eliot's Middlemarch, as a lowly scholar of English Literature in a fascinating class called: Women in Literature. I really enjoyed the book, so when I saw this title, I knew I was ...
deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it
4.0 My Life in Middlemarch
This review is brought to you by THIS BOOK IS OVERDUE AT THE LIBRARY! SOMEBODY HAS A HOLD ON IT! FINES ARE RACKING UP AS WE SPEAK! HURRY UP AND WRITE YOUR DANGED REPORT, ALREADY!Okay. So. This book is a biography of a book. Specifically, it’s the biography of one woman and how she and a life-changin...
Sister Mary Murderous
Sister Mary Murderous rated it
3.0 More of a scholarly biography and study of Middlemarch than the title and description suggest
When I read the title and the book description, I thought this would be a book about Rebecca Mead's experiences and how she related them to George Eliot's life and the lives of Dorothea Brook and the other characters in Mead's beloved Middlemarch. Although that is a theme of the book, it's a minor t...
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