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George Eliot - Author

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Mary Ann (Marian) Evans was born in 1819 in Warwickshire. She attended schools in Nuneaton and Coventry, coming under the influence of evangelical teachers and clergymen. In 1836 her mother died and Marian became her father's housekeeper, educating herself in her spare time. In 1841 she moved to Coventry, and met Charles and Caroline Bray, local progressive intellectuals. Through them she was commissioned to translate Strauss's Life of Jesus and met the radical publisher John Chapman, who, when he purchased the Westminster Review in 1851, made her his managing editor.

Having lost her Christian faith and thereby alienated her family, she moved to London and met Herbert Spencer (whom she nearly married, only he found her too 'morbidly intellectual') and the versatile man-of-letters George Henry Lewes. Lewes was separated from his wife, but with no possibility of divorce. In 1854 he and Marian decided to live together, and did so until Lewes's death in 1878. It was he who encouraged her to turn from philosophy and journalism to fiction, and during those years, under the name of George Eliot, she wrote Scenes of Clerical Life, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola, Felix Holt, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews.

George Eliot died in 1880, only a few months after marrying J. W. Cross, an old friend and admirer, who became her first biographer. She was buried beside Lewes at Highgate. George Eliot combined a formidable intelligence with imaginative sympathy and acute powers of observation, and became one of the greatest and most influential of English novelists. Her choice of material widened the horizons of the novel and her psychological insights radically influenced the novelist's approach to characterization. Middlemarch, considered by most to be her masterpiece, was said by Virginia Woolf to be 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.

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Middlemarch; Volume 2

Middlemarch; Volume 2

Author: George Eliot Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Middlemarch; Volume 2

Middlemarch; Volume 2

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Tom and Maggie Tulliver

Tom and Maggie Tulliver

Author: George Eliot Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

This adaptation of George Eliot's beloved novel The Mill on the Floss will engage and delight readers young and old alike. The story focuses on the lives of a pair of siblings, Tom and Maggie Tulliver, who grow up in a bucolic but hardscrabble rural setting in the fictional town of St. Ogg's.

Tom and Maggie Tulliver

Tom and Maggie Tulliver

Author: George Eliot Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

This adaptation of George Eliot's beloved novel The Mill on the Floss will engage and delight readers young and old alike. The story focuses on the lives of a pair of siblings, Tom and Maggie Tulliver, who grow up in a bucolic but hardscrabble rural setting in the fictional town of St. Ogg's.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17 More Pack A: Silas Marner

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17 More Pack A: Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot, Shirley Isherwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Silas Marner tells the story of Silas, wrongly accused of theft he leaves his home town to start a new life. He lives a solitary existence. Then one night an unknown visitor arrives and changes his life for ever. Exciting and powerful classic stories to enrich and extend your children's reading experiences. TreeTops Classics are carefully adapted versions of must-read stories which introduce your readers to significant authors, powerful plots and characters that have stood the test of time. These abridged versions of classics have been sensitively adapted by top children's authors to ensure that language and content is appropriate, but remain faithful to the original. These enchanting stories will appeal to all your junior readers and introduce them to a rich literary heritage. Each book includes author biographies and notes to help with historical and social context and any challenging vocabulary, ensuring the books are easily accessible. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Mill on the Floss, The

Mill on the Floss, The

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom grow up in the Mill on the River Floss. Although Maggie adores Tom, she often finds him cruel and cold. All she wants is for life to be full and warm. The Tulliver family's traditional way of living is threatened by changes beyond their control. Will the educated world of lawyers and lawsuits destroy what generations have enjoyed? As Maggie grows into adulthood, how can she control her passionate nature? With a destiny like an unmapped river; full, deep and rapid, where will love and desire lead her? Where will it all end?

Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

New Title from the highly acclaimed series introducing children to the world's classic literature.

Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Rollercoasters are popular with boys, girls and mixed-ability classes. Valued for their durable and user-friendly format, Eliot's compelling tale comes to life in this student-friendly edition.

Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/1995

Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will feature writing in English from various genres and differing times. Silas Marner by George Eliot is edited by Mary Bousted of the University of York.

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