George Eliot


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

Died
December 22, 1880

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Mary Ann Evans, 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 was born in 1819 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 th
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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
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“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
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Polls

January 2018 Old School Poll

 
  57 votes, 16.1%

 
  57 votes, 16.1%

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë 1849, 624 pages
 
  46 votes, 13.0%

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 1855, 624 pages
 
  33 votes, 9.3%

 
  29 votes, 8.2%

Silas Marner by George Eliot 1861, 262 pages
 
  28 votes, 7.9%

 
  27 votes, 7.6%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev 1862, 244 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.2%

Germinal by Émile Zola 1885, 592 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.7%

 
  13 votes, 3.7%

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac 1834, 370 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.4%

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