She listened respectably to statistics on Dickens, Thackeray, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Scott, Hardy, Lamb, De Quincey, and Mrs. Humphry Ward, who, it seemed, constituted the writers of English Fiction and Essays.
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George Eliot said she used the male pen name so her works would be taken seriously.
Many authors consider George Eliot’s Middlemarch to be among the best books ever written.