“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” — George Eliot
George Eliot (1819-1880) – pseudonym for Mary Ann Cross, also Marian Evans, original surname Evans
She was author to many well known pieces of literature in a time when men were considered to be the only real writers of their day and age. Her best known works are Silas Marner, Middlemarch, Romola and Daniel Deronda. Eliot’s interest in the innermost qualities in life of human beings, moral dilemmas and constraints, foresaw the narrative methods of modern literature. D.H. Lawrence once wrote: “It was really George Eliot who started it all. It was she started putting action inside.”
We may have read one or more of these novels in school growing up, but do we ever think about the author and why it was written? What was the meaning behind its existence? What were the factors that caused such great works to be? What was she like in real life, that she was moved to make these literary achievements?
( just in case you were not aware there is another modern spin off of “Silas” with Steve Martin, called “A Simple Twist of Fate”)