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Rebecca Mead

Autor(a) de My Life in Middlemarch

9+ Works 931 Membros 52 Reviews

About the Author

Rebecca J. Mead is Assistant Professor of History at Northern Michigan University

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Obras de Rebecca Mead

Associated Works

Middlemarch (1871) — Prefácio, algumas edições17,860 cópias
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (2004) — Contribuinte — 1,336 cópias
Sexual Politics: A Surprising Examination of Society's Most Arbitrary Folly (1970) — Posfácio, algumas edições1,137 cópias
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contribuinte — 539 cópias
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuinte — 240 cópias
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (2020) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture (2009) — Contribuinte, algumas edições36 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
England, UK
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Oxford University
New York University
Prochnik, George (husband)
The New Yorker
Front Page Award (2004)



Our group at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum did a slow read together of George Eliot's Middlemarch this past year. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as we made our way through and discussed Dorothea, Lydgate, Causaubon, Mary, Rosamunde, and their lives. We touched on so many themes--marriage, money, progress, religion, etc. Find a group read like this and I guarantee the book will stay with you.

What a delight, then, to pick up My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. Mead weaves Eliot's biography, and her correspondence along with major themes in Middlemarch and other works. Mead travels to the locations important to Eliot and then draws in a number of the same themes we discussed. This book was made all the richer having done the slow read. How for instance Eliot turned the standard novel on its head by starting the novel with a marriage instead of ending it ala Austen. She addresses Woolf's famous assessment that it is "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people."

I especially enjoyed the glimpses into Eliot's domestic relationship with George Lewes and his children and how the people around her may have served as inspiration for various characters. Mead also touches on Eliot's writing process and obstacles (migraines, toothaches, and family illnesses). But also how Lewes and Eliot had what looks like a modern happy working relationship. Like Eliot, I found a true partner late in life and I certainly could relate to Mead's line, "To find a partner as accepting and generous as Lewes is a great and unexpected gift."

On the whole, I found this book enriched my Middlemarch experience, and as I am now working my way back through all of Eliot's works.
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auldhouse | outras 34 resenhas | Jul 4, 2023 |
It’s been over 25 years since I read Middlemarch for Victorian Lit in college, and I vaguely remember enjoying it (way more than Heart of Darkness which we also read, and I loathed) but not really any details; I much more remember where I read most of it which was in Charlotte while visiting my grandparents.

Mead’s love for the novel has me wanting to return to it, and I think I’ll be checking out the audiobook soon and prepping myself for thirty plus hours of listening. I loved learning more about George Eliot and her fairly untraditional but happy life; the mix of sources here was fascinating, and the author did a wonderful job with the tidbits she shared. My vivid memory of Victorian Lit was learning and truly understanding the word “earnest”, and it sounds as though Eliot was the epitome of earnestness.

As usual I love these reads which mingle memoir and biography, and having this also be a book about books (as she referred to other Eliot writings as well) truly made it perfect for me.
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spinsterrevival | outras 34 resenhas | Oct 7, 2022 |
I can see this is a marvellous, learned journey into a writer's love for the book, Middlemarch. I hope I have the patience to finish the audiobook.

Unlike the first commentator below, it's a long time since I read Middlemarch - and I remember that I was awed by it. Then many years later, but still a long time ago, I read a biography of Mary Ann Evans, and that was like stepping into a parallel Middlemarch universe. It was intensely interesting, perhaps in the sense of being a voyeur on a private person's life. One part I recall was how affected she was by knowing herself to be plain - hell! Could such a woman be plain?!… (mais)
Okies | outras 34 resenhas | Mar 28, 2022 |
I read 97 pages, then the last few. I think I'm done. It's a well-written and researched book, with lots of biographical information on George Eliot (or, more accurately, Mary Ann Evans)and how her circumstances influenced her writing and how that writing influenced Rebecca Mead. Having only read Middlemarch for the first time last month though, I think I've had enough of it for now, and possibly forever.
CaitlinMcC | outras 34 resenhas | Jul 11, 2021 |



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