George Eliot(1819-1880), Novelist
George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans))
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
One of the greatest Victorian novelists and recognised as such in her lifetime. Known by her pen name, Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans. She had strong evangelical sympathies and translated Strauss's Life of Jesus, 1846, and other works. Her great novels include The Mill on the Floss, 1860, Romola, 1862-3, Middlemarch, 1871-2, and Daniel Deronda, 1874-6. Evans challenged Victorian social conventions by living for many years with the writer and critic George Henry Lewes, who was separated but not divorced from his wife, until his death in 1878. In 1880 she married the banker, J. W. Cross.
- Blue plaque, 4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5QZ
- Blue plaque, Holly Lodge, 31 Wimbledon Park Road, Wimbledon, London SW18 5SJ
- George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans)) in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Warwickshire
- The George Eliot Fellowship
- Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
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