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Middlemarch

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The face of a great novelist, George Eliot, author of Middlemarch, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner

V. S. Pritchett wrote, "No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative . . . I doubt if any Victorian novelist has as much to teach the modern novelists as George Eliot . . . No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully."

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Actress Juliet Stevenson has had a thriving career on television and as a book reader. She has recorded all of Jane Austen's novels as unabridged audiobooks, as well as Lady Windermere’s Fan, Hedda Gabler, Stories from Shakespeare, and To the Lighthouse.

Stevenson recently completed an unabridged reading of George Eliot's Middlemarch. She loved the novel, and played all of George Eliot's characters, a wonderfully varied lot.

Mariella Frostrup talked to Stevenson about Middlemarch.

If only we could hear an interview with George Eliot. Would it strike me as just another talk? I rather think I would be floored by her quiet wit and wisdom.

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