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George Eliot, one of the major novelists of the nineteenth century and a leading practitioner of fictional realism, was a professional woman of letters who also worked as an editor and journalist, and left a substantial body of essays, reviews, translations on controversial topics, and poetry.
22 November 1819 GE was born Mary Anne Evans at South Farm, Arbury, Warwickshire, the youngest child in her family to survive. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 January 1869 GE recorded her intention of writing the novel called Middlemarch (named after the provincial centre in which it is set) which is overall her best known and most respected work. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 December 1871 The first of eight 'books' (independently bound half-volumes) of GE's large novel Middlemarch appeared; the others followed at two-monthly intervals. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1872 The eighth and final book of GE's Middlemarch appeared, causing publisher John Blackwood to write that the year would be remembered for this event. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 December 1880 GE died at 4 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, only seven months after her late marriage, of a throat infection coming on top of advancing kidney disease. Bibliographic Citation link.
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