DAILY FUEL: George Eliot – Writing as Meaning

English writer and poet GEORGE ELIOT was born Mary Ann Evans in Warwickshire on this date in 1819, and was a voracious reader prior to attending boarding schools until age 16. Her early works were translations of religious treatises, and she served as editor of the Westminster Review beginning in 1850. In order to “escape the stereotype of women’s writing…not to be taken seriously”, she began to use the pen name and was first published as “George Eliot” in 1857. Perhaps best known for her 1871 work “Middlemarch”, Eliot is considered one of the foremost writers of the Victorian era. 

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