The Mill on the Floss


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.

ISBN: 9780198707530 Author: Eliot, George Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 10th September 2015 Imprint: Oxford University Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.8 (edition:23) Pages: xliii, 507 Language: English Edition: New edition Readership: / Code: Category: Subjects: , ,

‘Was her life to be always like this? – always bringing some new source of inward strife?’When the miller Mr Tulliver becomes entangled in lawsuits, he sets off a chain of events that will profoundly affect the lives of his family and bring into conflict his passionate daughter Maggie with her inflexible but adored brother Tom. As she grows older, Maggie’s discovery of romantic love draws her once more into a struggle to reconcile familial and moral claims with her own desires. Strong-willed, compassionate, and intensely loyal, Maggie seeks personal happiness and inner peace butrisks rejection and ostracism in her close-knit community.Opening with one of the most powerful fictional evocations of childhood, The Mill on the Floss (1860) vividly portrays both the ‘oppressive narrowness’ and the appeal of provincial England, the comedy as well as the tragedy of obscure lives. George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel was also her most controversial, and has been the subject of animated debate ever since. This edition combines the definitive Clarendon text with a lively new introduction and notes.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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