Mary Anne Evans, commonly known as George Eliot, was born on November 22, 1819. Evans wrote under a male pen name to ensure that her works would be taken seriously. At the time it was thought that women authors wrote only lighthearted romances.
Middlemarch, for instance, deals with subjects like the Great Reform Bill, the beginnings of railways and the death of King George IV. Virginia Woolf once said that Middlemarch, “is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”
Other novels by George Eliot include Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola, Daniel Deronda as well as Felix Holt, the Radical.
Novels by George Eliot
- Adam Bede
- The Mill on the Floss
- Silas Marner
- Felix Holt, the Radical
- Daniel Deronda