The Mill on the Floss by George EliotThe Bookery
Coming of age stories in the mid 1800’s weren’t all drive-in makeout sessions and late night cigarette smoking. Nope, for Maggie Tulliver, the protagonist of George Eliot’s 1860 novel The Mill on the Floss, growing up is all about being too intellectual, too spiritual, and too damn in love with the wrong dudes. As a modern woman, you might throw down this book in a fit of rage and call Maggie a nincompoop. Somewhere, George Eliot is smiling at your reaction and cheering you on, you fierce and autonomous babe! Praise the heavens that you don’t have Maggie Tulliver’s problems.
- Originally published 1860
- Vintage: 1981 by Franklin Library Press
- Pretty green binding with gold accents
- Gold edging on the pages
- Contains sketches of important scenes (part picture book, part classic novel, what more could you want?)
- Excellent condition: binding still very tight
Why We Love It:
George Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans was a maverick. She used a male pen name to ensure that her writing was taken seriously. She was a free love chick way before Woodstock—she lived with a married man for most of her adult life (he had an open marriage) and after his death married another guy 20 years her junior. She spent her life giving a big middle finger to the social mores of her time that put restrictions on women. She was a journalist, a translator, an editor, and published 7 books in her lifetime. The most famous of her novels, Middlemarch, has been hailed as one of the greatest novels in the English language.