(1819-1880), by her real
name Mary Anne Evans, was one of the most important Victorian writers in the
United Kingdom. Her 1872 novel Middlemarch has been described as the greatest in the English language.
She assumed a male
pseudonym when publishing her work to avoid prejudice associated with female
writers. Her novels, such as The Mill on
the Floss or Adam Bede, are known
for their psychological insight and realism.