George Eliot

George Eliot, pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, (1819–1880) was a British author whose novels are rich in psychological analysis, a defining feature of modern fiction. Starting out as a critic and translator, she was influenced by the ideas of Ludwig Feuerbach and Auguste Comte. Her remarkable body of fiction was shaped by her vast intellectual interests and her unparalleled grasp of the novelistic form. She explored a wide variety of themes in her novels, gifting her readers with an acutely observed portrayal of English rural and provincial life. This trailblazing Victorian writer’s major works include Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876).