There are few stories as touching as Silas Marner which is the story of a man afflicted with seizures who finds a foundling. The child saves his soul and when her true birth comes out, Silas and the adult child are in a dilemma of fate and love.
Such a sensitive story had to be written by a woman. And it was, George Eliot was actually
Mary Anne Evans. The Bronte sisters also used male names when their books were published.
Mary Anne Evans chose a male pen name in that she did not want her books to be considered a silly romance of a woman writer. Her novel Middlemarch is considered one of the best novels of the English language.
Mary Anne Evans lived independently barely within social convention. Although affairs were not considered bad at the time, her living twenty years monogamously with a married man followed by marrying a man twenty years younger than herself was considered scandalous.
One facet of Mary Anne Evans that is repeated is that she was considered unattractive. But when she spoke, it transformed her into a beautiful person, her charm was so great.
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