Author Profile: George Eliot (1819-1880)

George Eliot c1865
Mary Ann Evans, a.k.a. George Eliot, c.1865.

Jane Austen may have made writing a respectable occupation for a woman, but ‘respectable’ isn’t the same thing as ‘respected’, and in a world where women were considered to have little to say that was worth listening to, and expected to remain firmly within the domestic sphere rather than engaging in ‘serious’ work, many 19th century female writers chose to publish under male pseudonyms. One of these, better known even today by her chosen pseudonym, was Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans a.k.a. George Eliot. Continue reading “Author Profile: George Eliot (1819-1880)”

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English Literature in 10 Classic Reads

The French may have a reputation for making the best wine. The Italians and the Dutch may have been renowned for centuries as the world’s finest artists. Germany may have produced some of history’s greatest composers. But when it comes to words, no-one does it quite like the English. Continue reading “English Literature in 10 Classic Reads”