George Eliot

George Eliot was born in Nuneaton on 22nd November 1819. Baptised Mary Anne Evans, Eliot chose to write using a male pen name. In 1857 Eliot published Amos Barton in Blackwood’s Magazine and in 1859 her novel Adam Bede was published to great acclaim.Her first attempt to write Middlemarch, her most famous novel, ended in failure. Abandoning it, she began a short novella entitled Miss Brooke which was eventually integrated into the final version of Middlemarch. The novel was published serially in eight parts in 1871.

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