George Eliot

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George Eliot


Born
in South Farm, Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, The United Kingdom
November 22, 1819

Died
December 22, 1880

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Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She was born in 1819 at a farmstead in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, where her father was estate manager. Mary Ann, the youngest child and a favorite of her father's, received a good education for a young woman of her day. Influenced by a favorite governess, she became a religious evangelical as an adolescent.

Her first published work was a religious poem. Through a family friend, she was exposed to Charles Hennell's "An Inquiry into the Origins of Christianity". Unable to believe, she conscientiously gave up religion and stopped attending church. Her father shunned her, sending th
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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
George Eliot

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.”
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Polls

2015 Fourth Quarter Long Read

1978, The Stand by Stephen King, 1153 pages
 
  27 votes, 17.4%

 
  25 votes, 16.1%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.3%

 
  16 votes, 10.3%

1868, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.4%

1924, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.1%

 
  11 votes, 7.1%

 
  9 votes, 5.8%

1982, North and South by John Jakes, 812 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.2%

 
  6 votes, 3.9%

1973, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, 776 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  4 votes, 2.6%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.9%

 
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