by George Eliot
Movie or TV Productions
We don't know much about this one, since the casting information hasn't been posted as this guide was being written, but we do know that the screenplay is by Andrew Davies (who did the BBC Pride and Prejudice), and that it's slated to be directed by Sam Mendes (of American Beauty fame).
This is probably the best adaptation of Middlemarch to date.
This is a clip from the 1994 miniseries.
Another clip from the 1994 mini-series
From the 1994 mini-series.
In the words of American modernist writer Henry James, "[Eliot] is magnificently ugly – deliciously hideous...in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes steals forth and charms the mind, so that you end as I ended, in falling in love with her."
This is a slightly more flattering picture of her.
This man had some crazy facial hair.
Mary Garth is described as looking like a young woman in a Rembrandt painting: not pretty, but with a kind of timelessness to her.
This is an article by literary critic Gillian Beer about evolution in Middlemarch (and other Victorian novels).
This is an article by critic James F. Scott.
A recent article by critic Hina Nazar.
An article by Kathleen Blake in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
An older article by Jerome Beaty – excellent source if you're interested in the political context of Middlemarch.
An article by Michael York Mason
An article by Jane Marie Luecke
An article by Claudia Moscovici
This is an older article by David R. Carroll
An article by Calvin Bedient
www.victorianweb.org is a great online resource if you're studying 19th-century British literature. This is a link to their overview page on Eliot.
This is a good, reliable source on Eliot's biography.
Eliot was so quotable that one of her super fans, Alexander Main, actually published a collection during her life, entitled "The Wit and Wisdom of George Eliot." You can check Main's collection out at a library; this is just a webpage with a lot of bon mots by Eliot collected by modern super fans.