Free Read [Poetry Book] ↠ The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot - by Angus Wilson ↠

By Angus Wilson | Comments: ( 915 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

Meg Eliot is perhaps one of the most remarkable portraits of a middle aged woman in English literature She boldly debunked the dismal array of stereotypical, female characters of her day and succeeded in forging a life and role for herself beyond her fictional predecessors, influencing a generation of female readers First published in 1958, The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot isMeg Eliot is perhaps one of the most remarkable portraits of a middle aged woman in English literature She boldly debunked the dismal array of stereotypical, female characters of her day and succeeded in forging a life and role for herself beyond her fictional predecessors, influencing a generation of female readers First published in 1958, The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot is the story of a barrister s wife who harbors a great deal of guilt over the privileged life she leads To assuage this guilt, she occupies her time with charity committees and helping those less fortunate However, she is forced to confront her own misfortune when she is shockingly and suddenly widowed Learning slowly to draw on her own strength and self worth, Mrs Meg Eliot begins to remake herself as a woman on her own The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot is a supremely sensitive portrayal of human perseverance and feminine determination.


  • Title: The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot
  • Author: Angus Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780312155889
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Angus Wilson

Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, KBE 11 August 1913 31 May 1991 was an English novelist and short story writer He was awarded the 1958 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot and later received a knighthood for his services to literature.Wilson was born in Bexhill, Sussex, England, to an English father and South African mother He was educated at Westminster School and Merton College, Oxford, and in 1937 became a librarian in the British Museum s Department of Printed Books, working on the new General Catalogue During World War II, he worked in the Naval section Hut 8 at the code breaking establishment, Bletchley Park, translating Italian Naval codes The work situation was stressful and led to a nervous breakdown, for which he was treated by Rolf Werner Kosterlitz He returned to the Museum after the end of the War, and it was there that he met Tony Garrett born 1929 , who was to be his companion for the rest of his life.Wilson s first publication was a collection of short stories, The Wrong Set 1949 , followed quickly by the daring novel Hemlock and After, which was a great success, prompting invitations to lecture in Europe.He worked as a reviewer, and in 1955 he resigned from the British Museum to write full time although his financial situation did not justify doing so and moved to Suffolk.From 1957 he gave lectures further afield, in Japan, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE in 1968, and received many literary honours in succeeding years He was knighted in 1980, and was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 1983 to 1988 His remaining years were affected by ill health, and he died of a stroke at a nursing home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 31 May 1991, aged 77.His writing, which has a strongly satirical vein, expresses his concern with preserving a liberal humanistic outlook in the face of fashionable doctrinaire temptations Several of his works were adapted for television He was Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia from 1966 to 1978, and jointly helped to establish their creative writing course at masters level in 1970, which was then a groundbreaking initiative in the United Kingdom.



Comments The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot

  • David

    I think I would have liked this a lot more if I didn't have so much else to be reading. I was never bored but I did think 349 pages was a lot to be spent with Meg. "The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot" is three books of no chapters, and I imagine that this contributed to the "Gosh! This is a bit of a slog!" feeling I had. "'How funny men are,' she said, 'I'm not more unhappy because I cry. That's how I feel all the time, only I try not to show it.'""Don't talk to any of the tarts. I've done so once or t [...]


  • Andie

    A lot of modern readers will not like this book because it's written in a very old fashioned, almost 19th Century way . The book has no chapters, but instead is broken into three "books" denoting the main character's progression. The writing has lengthy descriptions as well as meditations from the characters. None of this is very appealing to the modern reader and that is unfortunate because this is an absolutely brilliant book about a woman's journey from cossetted wife to a full [...]


  • Tony

    Wilson, Angus. THE MIDDLE AGE OF MRS. ELIOT. ***. Sir Angus Wilson (knighted for his contribution to English literature) taught most of his life, and was last professor of English Literature at East Anglia University. He was relatively prolific and wrote many novels and collections of short stories. He also wrote a respected biography/criticsm of Rudyard Kipling. This novel is not reader-friendly, although well written. We learn all about Meg Eliot, a clever woman married to a successful barrist [...]


  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    I wish I knew why I choose the books to read that I do. It strikes me as bewilderingly odd that I would pick this book up at the same time that I picked up The Group. The copyright is 1958, near that of The Group, and the book’s themes fit in nicely with those of The Group. Mrs. Eliot is happily entering into middle age, when her husband, her support, is killed and she is forced to redefine her life. An early book that I would classify as women’s fiction, like The Group, but, also like The G [...]


  • Cary

    Dated in some ways (the narrator's and characters' psychological analysis especially so) but an interesting read.


  • Steve Dewey

    A very slow first third, a middling middle, and a much more interesting last third. If only the brother had surfaced sooner, the whole book might have been much more interesting.


  • sosser

    date i stopped reading this book january 2008. ugh. just couldn't finish it. i kept waiting for the very self-centered characters to evolve. and then i got tired of waiting for it.


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