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However she kept house and looked after him until when he died. She was thirty years old. The relationship was complicated and quite scandalous in Victorian times , as George was already married. His wife, Agnes Jervis had three children with George Lewes and four with another man. However, George had allowed himself to be named as father on the birth certificates of the illegitimate children.
They would remain together until his death twenty-four years later.
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The fact that they publicly acknowledged their relationship rather than hiding it brought them disapproval from the rest of society. Her brother Isaac ceased contact with her.
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She was not what society considered beautiful. Yes, behold me literally in love with this great horse-faced bluestocking.
For her writing she adopted the nom-de-plume George Eliot. In one of her essays she criticised female writers of the time for trivial plots.
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It was a great success and there was much speculation over the identity of the new author. In the end Mary Ann stepped forward and admitted to being George Eliot. This study of the most innovative of Victorian and Edwardian novelists will interest new and old Jamesians, novel-readers and students at all levels.
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