George Eliot

A short and very informative post by dear Holly! Go girls!

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George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans wanted to escape the stereotype of women’s writing being limited to lighthearted romances. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her widely known work as a translator, editor and critic. Her use of a pen name may also have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny, avoiding the scandal that might have arisen from of her relationship with the marriedGeorge Henry Lewes.

Lewes met writer Mary Ann Evans in 1851 and by 1854 they had decided to live together. Lewes and his wife Agnes Jervis had agreed to have anopen marriage. Jervis had three children with Lewes and four with an unnamed lover . Lewes, having assumed the role of father to all the children, was unable to divorce Jervis but he and Eliot remained together until death.

Eliot was not what society considered beautiful however Henry James…

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    1. You are welcome! I’ve heard her titles, but am a bit shamed to say I’ve never read one of her books. I need to get off my duff! 😀

  1. You know that I love quotes, Resa! George Eliot has incredible thoughts captured in a few lines. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the one quote that captures the essence of true love is found in these words from George Eliot’s book Adam Bede: “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

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