Writers & Company

Middlemarch: Is Austen the gateway drug to George Eliot?

​​Francine Prose says that she reads George Eliot's "Middlemarch"​ every five years, and gets something different from it every time.​
George Eliot photograph

​​This week, a panel discussion about George Eliot's masterpiece, Middlemarch. Panellist Rebecca Mead said of the book that it "...has an incredible depth and maturity of vision that grows with you as you age."

​​​​Music to close the ​Middlemarch panel discussion: 
  COMPOSER: Fanny Mendelssohn 
  PERFORMER: Ambache Chamber Ensemble 
  CUT 4: "Trio, 3rd Mov't, Lied (Allegretto)" 
  LABEL: BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE Vo.IV, No.9 (disc 45)   

The Life of George Eliot by Nancy Henry and Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch are available in paperback.  Francine Prose's latest novel is called Lovers at the Chameleon Club

​​This panel aired originally ​16 ​March 2014.