George Eliot was born Mary Anne Evans in Chilvers Coton, England in 1819 on an estate managed by her father. When her mother did she left school to run the household, continuing her education alone in the estate's library. She was multi-lingual and steeped in classical literature by the time a series of her essays and translations led to an invitation to London to edit the prestigious Westminster Reviewanonymously, for fear a female editor would put off readers. When nearly 40 she published the story collectionScenes of Clerical Life, under the pseudonym George Eliot, partly because she was living with a married man, radical publisher George Henry Lewes, and feared being shunned by the public. Bu tin 1849 her fist novelAdam Bede, with its startling realism and psychologically astute characterizations, caused a sensationand prompted an imposter to claim authorship. Evans revealed herself and was indeed ostracized, although less so with each successful new book, fromThe Mill on the FlosstoSilas MarnerandMiddlemarch. After 25 years together Lewes died and, still grieving, she married their banker, a man 20 years her junior. She died shortly thereafter in 1880.Eliot, George is the author of 'Lifted Veil ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780976658306 and ISBN 0976658305.