See Article History Alternative Titles: She went as a boarder to Mrs. At her last school —35conducted by the daughters of the Baptist minister at Coventryher religious ardour increased.
She dressed severely and engaged earnestly in good works. In she moved with her father to Coventry. There she became acquainted with a prosperous ribbon manufacturer, Charles Bray, a self-taught freethinker who campaigned for radical causes.
Various books on the relation between the Bible and science had instilled in her keen mind the very doubts they were written to dispel.
In she told her father that she could no longer go to church. The ensuing storm raged for several months before they reached a compromise, leaving her free to think what she pleased so long as she appeared respectably at church, and she lived with him until his death in When Charles Hennell married inshe took over from his wife the translating of D.
After the wedding Mrs. Brabant, invited Evans to visit at Devizes.
A rather silly man, he had worked for years on a book never completedwhich was to dispose of the supernatural elements in religion. They read German and Greek together and discussed theology on long walks; soon Mrs. Brabant became jealous of their intimacy, and, before the term of her visit, Evans was forced to leave.
Hennell felt that her father had acted ungenerously. Out of the humiliation of this episode George Eliot drew the horrible vividness of Mr. Like those by Mrs. Bray and Sir Frederic Burtonall in the National Portrait Gallery, it shows her with light brown hair, gray-blue eyes, and a very fair complexion.
Doubtless her feelings were strongly attracted to the magnetic Chapman, whose diary supplies this information, but there is no evidence that she was ever his mistress. A few months later he bought The Westminster Review, and Evans, contrite at the domestic complications she had unwittingly caused, returned to London.
For three years, untilshe served as subeditor of The Westminster, which under her influence enjoyed its most brilliant run since the days of John Stuart Mill.
Though he did not become her husband, he introduced her to the two men who did. George Henry Lewes was the most versatile of Victorian journalists. In he had married Agnes Jervis, by whom he had four sons.
In Lewes and a friend, the journalist Thornton Leigh Huntfounded a radical weekly called The Leader, for which he wrote the literary and theatrical sections. In Apriltwo weeks after the first number appeared, Agnes Lewes gave birth to a son whose father was Thornton Hunt. Lewes, being a man of liberal views, had the child registered as Edmund Lewes and remained on friendly terms with his wife and Hunt.In , Mary Ann began Scenes of Clerical Life, a series of realistic sketches first appearing in Blackwood's Magazine under the pseudonym Lewes chose for her, George Eliot.
Although not a popular success, the work was well received by literary critics, particularly Dickens and Thackeray. George Eliot, the pen name of Marian Evans, circa At the beginning of “My Life in Middlemarch,’’ Rebecca Mead observes that there “are books that grow with the reader as the reader.
George Eliot, Pseudonym of Marian Evans George Eliot, pseudonym of Marian Evans () This article appeared in The Times Literary Supplement and was reprinted in The Common Reader: First Series.
Virginia Woolf also wrote on George Eliot in the Daily Herald of 9 To read George Eliot attentively is to become aware how little one knows . George Eliot, Pseudonym of Marian Evans George Eliot, pseudonym of Marian Evans () This article appeared in The Times Literary Supplement and was reprinted in The Common Reader: First Series.
Virginia Woolf also wrote on George Eliot in the Daily Herald of 9 To read George Eliot attentively is to become aware how little one knows about her. George Eliot, pseudonym of Mary Ann, or Marian, Cross, née Evans, (born November 22, , Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England—died December 22, , London), English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction.
George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Ann (later Marian) Evans. She was born in Warwickshire, England, in , the third child of Robert Evans and his second wife, Christina.
Her father managed an estate.