Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

George Eliot, 1819-1880
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George Eliot was one of the most learned and respected novelists of the later Victorian period. Her epic novel, Middlemarch (1871-1872), is now regarded as one of the outstanding masterpieces of nineteenth-century fiction.

Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life was first published in eight parts, the first part appearing in December 1871 and the last in December 1872. Late in 1872 the book was also issued in a four-volume edition, a copy of which is shown here.

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Middlemarch; a Study of Provincial Life. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1871-72.
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
the three volume format
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