George Eliot's 200th birthday

November 22, 2019

George Eliot

"Throughout her life, George Eliot was known by many names – from Mary Anne Evans at birth, to Marian Evans Lewes in her middle age, to George Eliot in her fiction – with the latter name prevailing in the years since her death through the continued popularity of her novels. Eliot has long been recognised as one of the greatest Victorian writers, in life and in death, having published seven acclaimed novels and a number of poems, in addition to her work as a translator and a journalist.

Today marks George Eliot’s 200th birthday. To celebrate this esteemed writer, discover eight facts you may not know about George Eliot."

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Featured image credit: George Eliot by Sir Frederick Burton, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


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