George Eliot

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George Eliot

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born
in South Farm, Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, The United Kingdom
November 22, 1819

died
December 22, 1880

gender
female

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In 1819, novelist George Eliot (nee Mary Ann Evans), was born at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager. Mary Ann, the youngest child and a favorite of her father's, received a good education for a young woman of her day. Influenced by a favorite governess, she became a religious evangelical as an adolescent. Her first published work was a religious poem. Through a family friend, she was exposed to Charles Hennell's An Inquiry into the Origins of Christianity. Unable to believe, she conscientiously gave up religion and stopped attending church. Her father shunned her, sending the broken-hearted young dependent to live with a sister until she promised to reexamine her feelings. Her intellectual vi ...more


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More books by George Eliot…
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.”
George Eliot

“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
George Eliot

Polls

October 2014 Old School Classic Poll

Which book would you like to read for our October 2014 Old School Classic Group Read?

1897, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, 192pp
 
  33 votes, 17.3%

 
  27 votes, 14.1%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464pp
 
  22 votes, 11.5%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573pp
 
  18 votes, 9.4%

1602, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 289pp
 
  15 votes, 7.9%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017pp
 
  15 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 5.8%

 
  11 votes, 5.8%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904pp
 
  10 votes, 5.2%

 
  7 votes, 3.7%

 
  6 votes, 3.1%

 
  5 votes, 2.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.0%

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