George Eliot
(1819-1880)

Died aged 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 wrote seven novels: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, she emerged from provincial England; most of her works are set there. Her works are known for their realism, psychological insight, sense of place and detailed depiction of the countryside. Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women's writing being limited to lighthearted romances or other lighter fare not to be taken very seriously. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as a translator, editor, and critic. Another factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny, thus avoiding the scandal that would have arisen because of her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. Middlemarch was described by the novelist Virginia Woolf as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people" and by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.

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George Eliot

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)

George Eliot [full inscription unknown]

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