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Title Silas Marner Author George Eliot Publisher Penguin Books Ltd 80 Strand London WC2R ORL England Copyright DateNo of Pages 1994221 pages IAuthor George Eliot 1819-1880 was the pen name of Mary Ann or Marian Evans a great English novelist Much of her fiction reflects the middle-class rural background of her childhood and youth George Eliot wrote with sympathy wisdom and realism about English country people and small towns She wrote seriously about moral and social problems but her characters are living portraits George Eliots masterpiece Middlemarch A Study of Provincial Life 1871-1872 is a long story of many complex characters and their influence on and reaction to each other Adam Bede 1859 her first novel is a tragic love story in which her father serves as a model for the title character The Mill on the Floss 1860 and Silas Marner 1861 are somber works set against country backgrounds Silas Marner is the story of an embittered miser who loses his gold but turns to a more human life through his love for a little girl Romola 1863 is a historical novel set in Renaissance Florence Felix Holt Radical 1866 George Eliots only political novel is considered one of her poorer works Daniel Deronda 1876 George Eliots last novel displays the authors pro-Jewish sentiments The book is largely a failure in spite of the warm portrait of its heroine Gwendolen Harleth George Eliot was born in Warwickshire She received an excellent education in private schools and from tutors After her fathers death in 1849 she traveled in Europe and then settled in London There she wrote for important journals and became a friend of many important people British intellectuals regarded her as one of the leading thinkers of her day George Eliot lived with the writer George Henry Lewes from 1854 to 1878 although Lewes was married and could not obtain a divorce under existing law
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