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Selected Poetry of George Eliot (1819-1880)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Image of George Eliot

Index to poems

But were another childhood-world my share,
I would be born a little sister there.
        (Brother and Sister, 153-154)
  1. Brother and Sister
  2. I Grant you Ample Leave
  3. In a London Drawingroom
  4. 'Mid my Gold-brown Curls
  5. "O May I Join the Choir Invisible"
  6. Sweet Evenings Come and Go, Love


Notes on Life and Works

Mary Ann Evans was born on Nov. 22, 1819, near Nuneaton, Warwickshire, to Robert Evans and Christiana Pearson. She was educated at Nuneaton and Coventry (1841-). Her first publication was a poem in the Christian Observer (Jan. 1840). After leaving the Church, she moved to London in 1849 and edited The Westminster from 1851 to 1853. From 1854 to his death in 1878, she lived with George Henry Lewes, editor of the Leader, a married man. Under her pen name, George Eliot, beginning in 1857, she published the novels for which she is famous: Scenes from Clerical Life (1857), Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1863), Felix Holt (1866), Middlemarch (1871-72), and Daniel Deronda (1876). Her two books of verse are The Spanish Gipsy (1868) and The Legend of Jubal and Other Poems (1874). After Lewes' death, she married Johnnie Cross on May 6, 1880. Her death followed quickly, on Dec. 22.

Biographical information

Given name: Mary Ann
Family name: Evans
Birth date: 22 November 1819
Death date: 22 December 1880
Pseudonym: George Eliot
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Robert Evans
          mother: Christiana Pearson Evans
          husband: Johnnie Cross (from 6 May 1880 to 22 December 1880)
          husband: George Henry Lewes (from 1854 to 1878)
Literary period: Victorian
Occupations
          Journalist: 1851 to 1853
          novelist: 1857 to 1880
Residences
          Nuneaton, Warwickshire: 1819
          London, England: 1849
First RPO edition: 2001