Travels with Eliot

Travels with Eliot

The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot

by Rebecca Mead

Text Publishing, $32.99 pb, 293 pp, 9781922079329

In chapter fifteen of Middlemarch (1871–72), George Eliot writes about the germination of literary passion: ‘Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume … as the first traceable beginning of our love.’ Rebecca Mead’s book on her own engagement with Middlemarch captures this experience of burgeoning intellectual desire: the rush of recognition a reader can feel upon first encountering a novel, and the enduring relevance a beloved book might offer as its contents transform through frequent readings.

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Published in April 2014, no. 360
Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is the author of the novel, Fugitive Blue, and winner of the Dobbie Prize in 2009. She holds a doctorate from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the School of Culture and Communication. See: www.clairethomas.com.au

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