November 22, 1819, Nuneaton, Warwickshire – December 22, 1880
Mary Anne Evans was an English novelist, journalist, and translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Her 1872 work, Middlemarch, has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.
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