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George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans born in 1819 in small-town England and the youngest of five children Mary Anne was afforded the privileges of a private education and enjoyed books and learning from a young age she was introspective and quiet much like her character Dorothea from Middlemarch and was a bit of an anomaly among young women of the time However Mary Anne had to leave school at the age of 19 when her mother died in early 1839 However her father still continued to indulge her love of learning purchasing books for her and helping her learn German and Italian In 1841 Mary Annes father moved them to the larger town of Foleshill where Mary Anne met Charles and Cara Bray who would be good friends of hers for some time to come Through the Brays Mary Anne met others who would become close friends and was even introduced to Ralph Waldo Emerson However Mary Anne soon became very self-conscious about her unconventionality among this more accepting group of friends She also began to renounce her faith in Christianity which caused distance between Mary Anne and her father Mr Evans died in 1849 leaving Mary Anne little money in his will Through the Brays she met John Chapman a publisher and bookseller from London Chapman and Mary Anne became good friends and soon he asked Mary Anne to become the behind-the-scenes editor for the Westminster Review Mary Anne worked at the Review for two years despite getting no credit for her work In 1851 Mary Anne met George Henry Lewes and they soon became romantically involved Though Lewes was already married he and his wife had been separated for some years and his wife was already living with another man Lewes and Mary Anne soon decided to live together as husband and wife despite the scandal it would cause Mary Annes decision meant
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