Don't Know Dickens

Charles Dickens, that is.

George Eliot

  • 1819-1880
  • Real name was Mary Anne Evans
  • Notable works: Middlemarch, Adam Bede, Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, and Daniel Deronada (Wikipedia).

George Eliot does not regard the novel as a vehicle for entertainment alone, but rather as a means of revealing the human condition (Victorian Web).

  • Connections to Dickens
  • She writes about social change (“George Eliot”).
  • She knew Charles Dickens.
  • According to Phillip Allingham, “Unlike Dickens, Eliot never allows her minor characters to get out of control and steal the scene.”
  • Cool facts
  • Her father helped her get an education because she wasn’t pretty enough for the marriage market.
  • She used a male pen name to set herself apart from chick-lit.
  • The queen read her stuff!
  • This lady courted scandal. She had a relationship with a married man, and later married a man twenty years younger. While she was not religious (despite paternal pressure), she could live somewhat independently because her father left her money after she had taken care of him.

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  1. Gotta read Middlemarch! this was such a cool assignment because each of us blogs on writers and we get to read them!

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