The Larger View

The Genius of Middlemarch

“Most serious readers,” Rebecca Mead writes, “can point to one book that has a place in their life like the one that Middlemarch has in mine.” George Eliot’s most loved novel is more than an old favorite for Mead; it is a moral and emotional touchstone that reveals new riches with each rereading and at every stage of her life.

I take Mead’s word for it that there are other...

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is Commonweal's associate editor at large. She blogs at dotCommonweal.