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George Eliot's given name was Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

Eliot didn't even begin publishing fiction until after she was 30 years old. Prior to that she'd been pursuing a career as a journalist and philosopher. She was encouraged to turn to fiction by her lover, George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived out of wedlock from 1854 until his death in 1878.

Eliot had begun another novel -- what would become Romola -- when she diverted her work and wrote Marner. Romola would be a retelling of the Italian Renaissance, but Eliot decided that she wanted to write "'another English story'" before finishing the Italian one. Hence Marner.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapters 2 and 3
Part 1, Chapters 4, 5 and 6
Part 1, Chapters 7,8, and 9
Part 1, Chapters 10, 11, and 12
Part 1, Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Part 2, Chapters 16 and 17
Part 2, Chapters 18, 19, and 20
Part 2, Chapters 20 and 21
Part 2, Conclusion


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