by Rebecca Mead
English novelist George Eliot (1819 - 1880), pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, poses for a photograph.
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January 27, 2014 Rebecca Mead was 17 the first time she read Eliot's Middlemarch, and the book has remained a favorite ever since. But critic Meg Wolitzer says you don't have to read (or re-read) Middlemarch to love Mead's new book, My Life in Middlemarch, which is a mash-up of literary criticism, memoir and biography of Eliot.
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