Set in the Midlands in the late 1820s, Middlemarch touches on a wide variety of topics including women's rights, religion, the status of marriage and education issues. But we let reviews speak for themselves:
Virgina Woolf: "...the magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people"
Emily Dickinson: "What do I think of Middlemarch? What do I think of glory – except that in a few instances 'this mortal [George Eliot] has already put on immortality'."
V.S. Prichett: "No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative."