- 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.