Girl History Month – Mary Anne Evans AKA George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans aka George Eliot, Victorian Writer

Mary Anne Evans aka George Eliot, Victorian Writer

Most readers know Mary Anne Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880) by her pen name George Eliot, one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

Evans wrote seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.

She used a male pen name  to ensure her works would be taken seriously.  An additional factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived for over 20 years.

Her 1872 work, Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language.

8 thoughts on “Girl History Month – Mary Anne Evans AKA George Eliot

  1. I think I just added a book to my reading list. I’ve never read MIDDLEMARCH.

    Your posts this month on Girl History have been really interesting – your subjects versatile and unexpected.

  2. Yes, many amazing girls to celebrate. And, a statement that she had to use the name George. Thanks. Paulette

  3. Rick Visser says:

    Thanks again, I appreciate these. all the best, rick

  4. Karen says:

    I’m enjoying your posts on girl history month.

  5. Middlemarch is my ALL TIME favorite book! Dorothea is fantastic. Fred and Mary are so sweet. Mill on the Floss is great also. I can relate to Dorothea because she married the wrong man first time round. haha.

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