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George Eliot

English novelist, essayist and translator

1819   -   1880

movement: literary realism
country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
native language: English
language of expression: English
educated at: Bedford College
occupation: novelist, translator, philosopher, writer, poet, journalist, essayist, editor
influenced by: Honoré de Balzac

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively Mary Anne or Marian), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels, Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of which are set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight. Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women's writing being limited to lighthearted romances. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. Another factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny, thus avoiding the scandal that would have arisen because of her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes.Middlemarch has been described by the novelists Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.
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Middlemarch

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1871

Silas Marner

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1861

The Mill on the Floss

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1860

Daniel Deronda

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1876

The Lifted Veil

book by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1859

Adam Bede

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1859

Felix Holt, the Radical

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1866

Scenes of Clerical Life

book by George Eliot

author: George Eliot
illustrator: Hugh Thomson

1857

Romola

novel by George Eliot

author: George Eliot

1862

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