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The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot
Gordon S. Haight and Juliette Atkinson

September 2015

ISBN: 9780198707530

560 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

Young Maggie Tulliver is devoted to her brother Tom, but as she grows older and discovers romantic love she comes into conflict with him and her family. She strives to reconcile moral claims and family loyalty with her own desires. Eliot's most autobiographical novel was also her most controversial, and this new edition examines its impact.

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Young Maggie Tulliver is devoted to her brother Tom, but as she grows older and discovers romantic love she comes into conflict with him and her family. She strives to reconcile moral claims and family loyalty with her own desires. Eliot's most autobiographical novel was also her most controversial, and this new edition examines its impact.

  • A new edition of one of Eliot's best-loved novels whose central figure, Maggie Tulliver, is one of English literature's great female characters.
  • A compelling story of a young girl's growth to adulthood, and the conflicts that arise from her growing independence.
  • New introduction emphasizes Eliot's significance as a writer of fiction, and the literary qualities that have sometimes been overshadowed by her interest in philosophical ideas. It examines the importance of reading in the novel, its preoccupation with gender, and complex relationship with feminism.
  • Full notes identify allusions and the significance in particular of literary references, and also pay attention to significant textual changes between manuscript and successive editions.
  • Use the definitive Clarendon text of the novel.
  • Up-to-date Bibliography.

New to this edition

  • Introduction by Juliette Atkinson, informed by the latest critical and scholarly thinking on the novel.
  • New and expanded Notes.
  • Up-to-date Select Bibliography.
  • Re-set text retains the defnitive Clarendon text and improves print appearance.

About the Author(s)

George Eliot

Gordon S. Haight, former Professor Emeritus of English Literature, Yale University, and Juliette Atkinson, Lecturer in English, University College London

Juliette Atkinson is the author of Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives (OUP, 2010) and is preparing a book for OUP called Immortal Improprieties: French Novels and the Victorians.

Reviews

"it's the non-posh voices that leap off the page - the wives of prosperous farmers and merchants taken directly from Eliot's own childhood" - Kate Saunders, The Big Issue

"It's a little late for me to review a book that has been a prized classic of English literature for over a hundred years, so I'll confine my comments to the package - there are various editions of this book available, but given the choice I would opt for an Oxford World's Classic edition any day - the clarity of the typeface and the quality of the paper are superb, and the cover artwork is stunning. Brilliant new editions of two of George Eliot's timeless classics." - Books Monthly