Born: 22 November 1819
Died: 22 December 1880 (Natural causes)
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Best known as: The author of Middlemarch
Name at birth: Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans
George Eliot was the masculine pen name of the writer Mary Ann Evans, one of Victorian England's leading novelists. Her first stories appeared in Blackwood's magazine, and were followed by novels including The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), and Middlemarch (1862). Her work was popular with critics and the public alike, and in later years her novels were especially valued for their detailed portrayals of rural English life.
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