George Eliot books in order
George Eliot was the pseudonym of renowned British author, poet, journalist, and translator Mary Ann Evans.
One of the leading writers of the Victorian era, she was also known as Mary Anne or Marian.
Born in Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England, it was quite apparent from a young age that Evans was a smart and avid reader.
As a teenager, she gained access to the library of Arbury Hall, which went a long way in enhancing her self-education and widening her reach of knowledge.
While contributing essays to the Westminster Review, Evans decided to pursue a career in fiction writing; something that she would exceed and excel in.
Acclaimed for the realism and psychological insight in her writing, Evans wrote popular works such as Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (18610, and Daniel Deronda (1876), which all received film adaptations.
She died on December 22, 1880 in London at the age of 61. Her death was linked to a throat infection and her long battle with kidney disease.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Poetry
Pseudonym: George Eliot
- Scenes of Clerical Life (1857)
- Adam Bede (1859)
- The Mill on the Floss (1860)
- Silas Marner (1861)
- Romola (1863)
- Felix Holt, the Radical (1866)
- Middlemarch (1871)
- Daniel Deronda (1876)
- The Spanish Gypsy: The Legend of Jubal and Other Poems, Old and New (1868)
- The Lifted Veil (1859)
Detailed book overview
Scenes of Clerical Life is the title under which George Eliot's first published work of fiction, a collection of three short stories, was released in book form; it was the first of her works to be released under her famous pseudonym.
The stories were first published in Blackwood's Magazine over the course of the year 1857, initially anonymously, before being released as a two-volume set by Blackwood and Sons in January 1858. The three stories are set during the last twenty years of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century over a fifty year period. The stories take place in and around the fictional town of Milby in the English Midlands. Each of the Scenes concerns a different Anglican clergyman, but is not necessarily centered upon him.
Eliot examines, among other things, the effects of religious reform and the tension between the Established and the Dissenting Churches on the clergymen and their congregations, and draws attention to various social issues, such as poverty, alcoholism, and domestic violence.
With an Introduction and Notes by Doreen Roberts University of Kent at Canterbury 'Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your immediate feelings...' Adam Bede (1859), George Eliot's first full-length novel, marked the emergence of an artist to rank with Scott and Dickens.
Set in the English Midlands of farmers and village craftsmen at the turn of the eighteenth century, the book relates a story of seduction issuing in 'the inward suffering which is the worst form of Nemesis'. But it is also a rich and pioneering record - drawing on intimate knowledge and affectionate memory - of a rural world that we have lost. The movement of the narration between social realism and reflection on its own processes, the exploration of motives, and the constant authorial presence all bespeak an art that strives to connect the fictional with the actual.
Director: Maurice Elvey
Cast: Bransby Williams, Ivy Close, Malvina Longfellow, Gerald Ames, Claire Pauncefort, Inez Bensusan, Charles Stanley, Ralph Forster
Drawing on George Eliot's own childhood experiences to craft an unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret, The Mill on the Floss is edited with an introduction and notes by A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, in Penguin Classics. Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family.
As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother; hunchbacked Tom Wakem, the son of her family's worst enemy; and the charismatic but dangerous Stephen Guest. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot's most autobiographical novel; it is also one of her most powerful and moving.
In this edition, writer and critic A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, provides full explanatory notes and an introduction relating The Mill on the Floss to George Eliot's own life and times. Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review.
Director: Tim Whelan
Cast: Frank Lawton, Victoria Hopper, Fay Compton, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Griffith Jones, Mary Clare, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Sam Livesey, Amy Veness, Felix Aylmer
Silas Marner is a selfless member of a tight Calvinist sect who’s been framed for stealing the congregation’s funds.
Expelled from his community, he retreats to the rustic hamlet of Raveloe to spend the remainder of his life as a misanthropic hermit, devoted only to the fortune he amasses as a linen weaver. But when his gold is taken, Silas also feels robbed of what’s left of his humanity. Then, one snowy New Year’s Eve, an orphan girl comes in out of the storm and changes him forever.
Drawn from Eliot’s empathy for the outsider, Silas Marner is the embodiment of her humanist perspective on redemption, kinship, and self-discovery.
Director: Giles Foster
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jenny Agutter, Patrick Ryecart, Freddie Jones, Jonathan Coy, Patsy Kensit, Elizabeth Hoyle, Melinda Whiting
One of George Eliot's most ambitious and imaginative novels, Romola is set in Renaissance Florence during the turbulent years following the expulsion of the powerful Medici family during which the zealous religious reformer Savonarola rose to control the city.
At its heart is Romola, the devoted daughter of a blind scholar, married to the clever but ultimately treacherous Tito whose duplicity in both love and politics threatens to destroy everything she values, and she must break away to find her own path in life.
Described by Eliot as 'written with my best blood', the story of Romola's intellectual and spiritual awakening is a compelling portrayal of a Utopian heroine, played out against a turbulent historical backdrop.
Director: Henry King
Cast: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell, Ronald Colman, Charles Willis Lane, Herbert Grimwood, Bonaventura Ibáñez, Frank Puglia
When the young nobleman Harold Transome returns to England from the colonies with a self-made fortune, he scandalizes the town of Treby Magna with his decision to stand for Parliament as a Radical.
But after the idealistic Felix Holt also returns to the town, the difference between Harold's opportunistic values and Holt's profound beliefs becomes apparent. Forthright, brusque and driven by a firm desire to educate the working-class, Felix is at first viewed with suspicion by many, including the elegant but vain Esther Lyon, the daughter of the local clergyman.
As she discovers, however, his blunt words conceal both passion and deep integrity. Soon the romantic and over-refined Esther finds herself overwhelmed by a heart-wrenching decision: whether to choose the wealthy Transome as a husband, or the impoverished but honest Felix Holt.
‘People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbours’
Rejecting the conventional narratives of the time, Middlemarch shows a realistic portrayal of Victorian village life. Peopling this ground-breaking work are Tertius Lydgate, a talented yet naive young doctor; Dorothea Brooke, stuck in a loveless marriage; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding shocking crimes from his past.
An intricate story weaving together many lives, Middlemarch is described as one of the best-loved novels of all time and heralded as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people’ by Virginia Woolf. It is a richly nuanced drama that is a quintessential English classic.
As "Daniel Deronda" opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulette-table, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the finest tradition of the English upper-classes. And while Gwendolen loses everything and becomes trapped in an oppressive marriage, Deronda's fortunes take a different turn.
After a dramatic encounter with the young Jewish woman Mirah, he becomes involved in a search for her lost family and finds himself drawn into ever-deeper sympathies with Jewish aspirations and identity. 'I meant everything in the book to be related to everything else', wrote George Eliot of her last and most ambitious novel, and in weaving her plot strands together she created a bold and richly textured picture of British society and the Jewish experience within it.
Director: Walter Courtney Rowden
Cast: Reginald Fox, Ann Trevor, Clive Brook, Yolande Duquette, Dorothy Fane
Antique clothbound volume with gilt lettering contains poetry by Eliot, including The Spanish Gypsy, The Legend of Jubal, Agatha, Armgart, How Lisa Loved the King, A Minor Prophet, Brother and Sister, Stradivarius, Two Lovers, Self and Life, The Death of Moses, Arion, and other selections.
The Lifted Veil is a novella by George Eliot, first published in 1859. Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. The novella is a significant part of the Victorian tradition of horror fiction, which includes such other examples as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897).