George Eliot and I

I am reading a marvelous book about the marvelous book, MIDDLEMARCH. MIDDLEMARCH was thrust into my hands in my late 20s
when I was becoming disillusioned with my own life and the choices I made. Something in the book sent off fire bells in my soul. It
was, as Virginia Woolf said, ” a novel for grown ups.” Did the fact that I understood it mean that I was finally growing up? growing out of my thoughtless choices? understanding that quick love did not always make for long marriage? understanding that the
person with the most superficial gifts would not keep one amused on a long winter’s night?
Later I wrote my thesis on George Eliot and George Sand. Both were women displaced in time that used men’s public identity to their benefit. But much of what they wrote was at the heart of
what ailed women.
MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH parallels a woman who writes with this splended novel she is reading. I am jealous not to have been that writer – Rebecca Mead – in knowing that MIDDLEMARCH can be wasted on the young, but not those who seek to understand their youth.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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