George Eliot Biography

George Eliot Biography

George Eliot was one of the best and most acclaimed English Novelists in the Victorian Era. Her real name was Mary Ann Evans but she was popular by her pen name, George Eliot. The fact in which George’s popularity lay was that she was among a few female writers of Victorian Era who use to experiment her writing in the subjects such as realism and psychological wisdom. Being an author she always found her name in some or the other controversies. The major controversy she faced was on her relationship with married George Henry Lewes who was also an author. Eliot was shunned by the society.

Born: November 22, 1819, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Died: December 22, 1880, Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom
Full name: Mary Anne Evans
Movies: Middlemarch, A Simple Twist of Fate, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner
Siblings: Robert Evans, Christiana Evans, Fanny Evans, Isaac Evans

Birth Details & Personal Biography

Mary Ann Evans or George Eliot was born on 22nd November, 1819 in Arbury Warwickshire in England. She was born in family of a farmer. George was the third child to the couple Robert Evans and Christina Evans. Her primary education took place in boarding schools but after her mother’s death in 1939, she returned home to look after the house and continued her education with the help of a private tutor and mentor Maria Lewis. She moved to Coventry in 1841 and formed friendship with Brays. She has aesthetic beliefs and doubted the stories from Bible. She even stopped going to church but eventually resumed church services to please her father. George Eliot’s father died in 1849 after a prolonged illness till then she had already completed her first major work which was translation of David Strauss’ life of Jesus.

Career

  1. In 1846, Eliot completed her first major work of Translation of David Strauss’s life.
  2. In 1858, she became the editor of Westminster Review.
  3. In 1859, her first novel was published.
  4. In 1869, Eliot wrote her second novel which was published in the year 1971.

Awards & Achievements

The greatest achievement of George Eliot was her Scenes of Clerical life and Adam Bede.

Quotes

“Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down”
- George Eliot

“Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.”
- George Eliot

“Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking”
- George Eliot

“I'm not denying the women are foolish: God almighty made 'em to match the men”
- George Eliot

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
- George Eliot

“The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history”
- George Eliot

“The reward of one duty done is the power to fulfill another”
- George Eliot

“Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity”
- George Eliot

“Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms”
- George Eliot

“Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty”
- George Eliot

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”
- George Eliot

“I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave”
- George Eliot

“The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision”
- George Eliot

“It is never to late to be what you might have been”
- George Eliot

“Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.”
- George Eliot

“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”
- George Eliot

“He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow”
- George Eliot

“Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?”
- George Eliot

“Kisses honeyed by oblivion.”
- George Eliot

“Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.”
- George Eliot

“It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.”
- George Eliot

“Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.”
- George Eliot

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
- George Eliot

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”
- George Eliot

“The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.”
- George Eliot

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.”
- George Eliot

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”
- George Eliot

“Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.”
- George Eliot


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