Full Name: Mary Ann Evans
Why Famous: Mary Ann Evans is known more by her pseudonym George Eliot, a name she took up in the 1850s when she started to publish works of fiction. Her first novel "Adam Bede" (1859) was immediately successful. Other works followed such as "Mill on the Floss" (1860) and her masterpiece "Middlemarch" (1871-2) now regarded as one of the most important nineteenth century novels, all written with Eliot's characteristic realistic style.
Eliot's personal life was scandalous, from 1654 - 1878 She lived openly with the married journalist George Henry Lewes, whose wife was already involved with another man. Upon Lewes death she married a man 20 years her junior.
- 1880-05-06 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London
- 1860-03-21 English novelist George Eliot finishes her novel "The Mill on the Floss" in Wandsworth, London