Study Guide

Middlemarch Setting

By George Eliot


Middlemarch, England

The novel is set in the fictional town of Middlemarch, England in 1830-1832. (For more on why it's set in 1830, when it was written in 1870, check out the "In a Nutshell"; for more on the town of Middlemarch, see "What's Up with the Title?") Aside from a couple of flashbacks (to Lydgate's time in France and Bulstrode's time in London) and Dorothea and Mr. Casaubon's honeymoon in Rome, the novel stays pretty well glued to Middlemarch.