Some Thoughts Regarding Your 800-Page Submission About a Couple of Bad Marriages

An internet editor’s notes to George Eliot on Middlemarch

Gail Gauthier
Jane Austen’s Wastebasket
3 min readOct 26, 2023

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Illustration by author. Eliot portrait from George Eliot Archive

We accept material on the basis of how long it takes to read it. We rarely use anything that takes even thirty minutes to read, and we believe Middlemarch, your 800-page manuscript about a couple of bad marriages, could come in around…

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