The Haslemere Greats – George Eliot

Monday 20th May 11am

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This talk is at the Haslemere Museum
Lynne Taylor-Gooby, Principal of the Royal School, talks to us about George Eliot (the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans) who wrote her novel Middlemarch while staying in Shottermill in 1871 at a fascinating cottage called Brookbank. Middlemarch, which was originally published in eight instalments, has been described (by Martin Amis and others) as ‘probably the greatest novel in the English language’. In her talk, Mrs Taylor-Gooby will tell us about Mary Ann Evans and how she scandalised Victorian Society by living openly with George Henry Lewis (philosopher and art critic) who was himself the illegitimate son of a poet.
George Eliot (1819 to 1880), was an immensely popular Victorian writer who published some eight novels. Her characters have both depth and emotional complexity and we will learn how they mirror her real life experiences.

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