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George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans (later Marian Evans and in the last year of her life Marian Cross), who was born on November...

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Mary Ann Evans was born on November 22, 1819, on an estate her father managed in Warwickshire. She knew from her childhood the Midlands world so lovingly portrayed yet so rigorously judged in her novels. After moving with her father to Coventry in 1841, she began reading in the sciences and German Higher Criticism, and she broke with the church in 1842. When her father died in 1849, she had the world before her, and, in 1851, she went to try her luck as a freelance writer in London, where she became friends with such notable liberals as John Chapman, Herbert Spencer, and most important, G. H. Lewes, with whom she was to live as wife in all but law from 1854 until his death in 1878. With Lewes’s encouragement, George Eliot, as she styled herself, began writing her fiction. She lived with Lewes at the intellectual heart of London. In May, 1880, she married John Walter Cross, her banker. She died at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, on December 22 of the same year.

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The woman known to countless readers as George Eliot—a name she did not use until she was nearly forty—was born on November 22, 1819, and christened Mary Ann Evans, the third child of Robert Evans and his second wife Christina Pearson. Evans, a man of extraordinary competence and unimpeachable integrity, worked as a general overseer of Arbury Hall, the seven-thousand-acre estate of the Newdigate family in Warwickshire. A shy and homely girl, Eliot excelled as a student in nearby boarding schools. Under the influence of a favorite teacher, Maria Lewis, the strict and conventional adherence to the Church of England that Eliot learned from her parents acquired an overlay of pious Evangelicalism.

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

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Mary Ann Evans was born on November 22, 1819, in Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England. (She changed her name in 1857 to George Eliot.) During her infancy, the family moved to Griff House, also on the seven-thousand-acre Arbury Estate near Coventry, which Robert Evans, Mary Ann’s father, managed for the Newdigate family. Her mother’s name was Christina Pearson. It was in this large, old farmhouse, with its wide lawns and mature trees, surrounded by fields, farmhouses, canals, and coach roads, that Evans lived until she was twenty, gathering impressions that form much of the landscape of her fiction. She roamed the meadows with her brother Isaac and toured the estate with her father, waiting in farmhouse kitchens or the...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In its concern with human motives, especially unconscious ones, George Eliot’s fiction is a major stage in the development of the psychological novel. Her treatment of sexual identity and relationships influenced the fiction of Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, and James Joyce. Depicting marriage as an inescapable trap, she treats both male and female characters with sympathy but is particularly concerned to expose and reform the suffering of subjugated women. Her analyses of Self and Other are often explained as deriving from the work of Ludwig Feuerbach, but there seems little doubt that Eliot s remarkable insight grew primarily from her own experience and imagination.

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George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, born November 22, 1819, at South Farm, Arbury, Warwickshire, England. She was the youngest...

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George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans in England on November 22, 1819. Her mother died when she was 16, and, apart from her time away from...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

George Eliot was the pen name used by Mary Ann Evans. She was born on November 22, 1819, at Arbury Farm, Warwickshire, in the parish of Chilvers Coton, and was baptized at what has since become the famous Shepperton Church. Her mother was Christina Pearson. Her father was Robert Evans, a carpenter, builder, and agent. She attended numerous schools, at one of which she became an intimate friend of Maria Lewis, a teacher with whom she exchanged letters for years and who did much to deepen her strong sense of religion. Thus at the age of seventeen she already had an excellent educational background when her sister’s marriage made it necessary that she return home to look after the house for her father.{$S[A]Evans, Mary Ann;Eliot,...

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George Eliot, neé Mary Ann Evans, was born on November 22, 1819, in Chilvers Coton, in Warwickshire, England, the daughter of estate manager...

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