|One of the great novels of the 19th Century, Middlemarch, like it contemporary War & Peace, can fairly be described as a novel about "everything"-public issues of politics, economics, class, education, medical care, aesthetics, and religious dogma as well as private issues of vocation, avocation, familial loyalty, love and sex. Eliot's first audience had the luxury of reading Middlemarch over a year, from December 1871 to December 1872, as it was published in eight installments. We will read and discuss what w can in six weekly sessions, recognizing that this masterpiece richly rewards second and third readings.
Presenter: Marilyn Johnson worked as a municipal bond trader for twenty years. After leaving the financial industry, she worked with her husband to amass a large collection of historic photographs, the bulk of which is now part of the Milwaukee County Historical Society's photo archive. She also delivered a series of photo-lectures entitled Remembering Milwaukee.