Posted on 27/07/2012
George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans)
1849, Bedford College
One of the first students to attend Bedford College, George Eliot is justly famous for the novels Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1872) and Daniel Deronda (1876). She was christened Mary Ann Evans, but preferred to be known in adult life as Marian Evans. Victorian convention induced her to write using a male nom-de-plume, but she was a humane freethinker whose insightful psychological novels anticipated the narrative methods of modern literature. Her interest in the interior life of people prompted D.H. Lawrence to write: "It was really George Eliot who started it all. It was she (who) started putting action inside."