George Eliot
(1819-1880)

Died aged c. 61

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 is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), 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, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. 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 by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.

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George Eliot 1819-1880 novelist died here

4 Cheyne Walk, Kensington and Chelsea, SW3, London, United Kingdom where they died (1880)

"George Eliot" novelist lived here

Holly Lodge, 31 Wimbledon Park Road, London, United Kingdom where they lived

While on holiday here Mary Ann Evans was inspired to write her first novel published in 1857 under the name of George Eliot

Gwynne House, Bridge Street, Tenby, United Kingdom where they wrote

George Eliot, author, 1819-1880 wrote Middlemarch whilst living here in 1871

Brookbank, Liphook Road, Haslemere, United Kingdom where they wrote Middlemarch and lived

George Eliot (Miss Evans) celebre auteur Anglais a demeure dans cette maison Octobre 1849 - Mars 1850

Rue de la Pelisserie, Geneva, Switzerland where they stayed

George Eliot the novelist, visited the town in 1859 and renamed it St. Oggs in her novel, The Mill on the Floss published 4th April 1860

Bridge Street, Gainsborough, United Kingdom where they visited (1859)

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Richmond Magistrates Court, Parkshot, Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom where they was

Sandcliff. Early 18th century. George Eliot stayed here 1843

Northgate Street, Devizes, United Kingdom where they stayed

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot). Novelist, essayist, journalist and poet. Lived at Griff House until 1840 when she moved to Coventry and later to London. From 1854 to 1878 she lived with G. H. Lewes who encouraged her to write fiction. Her novels brought her world wide fame. In May 1880, she married J. W. Cross and died in December at 4, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.

Statue of Mary Ann Evans - Newdegate Street, Nuneaton, United Kingdom where they is commemorated

George Eliot 1819 - 1880 Born at Arbury, Nuneaton. Unveiled by Jonathan G. Ouvry president of the George Eliot Fellowship, Great, Great Grandson of G. H. Lewes. March 22nd 1986. Erected by public subscription.

Statue of Mary Ann Evans - Newdegate Street, Nuneaton, United Kingdom where they was born (1819)

George Eliot lived here March 1??? to March 1??? [full inscription unknown]

Griff House, Nuneaton, United Kingdom where they lived

George Eliot Mary Ann Evans novelist attended school in this building c 1832-1835.

Warwick Row, Coventry, United Kingdom where they attended school

Caroline (Cara) Bray and her husband Charles were close friends of George Eliot, the Victorian novelist who attended school in nearby Warwick Row.

Greyfriars Green, Coventry, United Kingdom where they attended school