Eliot, George

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George Eliot
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Name
Eliot, George Gender: F
Evans, Mary Ann
born on 22 November 1819 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Nuneaton, England, 52n32, 1w28
Timezone LMT m1w28 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 29°06' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 28°23 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 01°26'



Biography

British writer, given the name George Eliot by her lover, writer George Henry Lewes inasmuch as a woman writer would not have been given any credence. One of the most intellectually rigorous writers of the 19th century, her books include the classics "The Mill on the Floss", "Silas Marner" and "Middlemarch," 1871, considered her masterpiece.

The fifth child of an ambitious farmer, Eliot was considered intelligent and gifted, though remarkably unattractive. She was brought up in a constricting conventional religious atmosphere. After her mom died in 1836, she cared for her beloved dad until his death. At the age of 22 she declared herself an atheist. which had alienated her from her father. She moved to London to work where she learned editorial work as an assistant on the Westminster Review; her first book was published in 1860, when she was 40.

Though she longed to settle down with an understanding husband and start a family, Eliot was thwarted by her growing notoriety as well by a difficult and high-strung personality prone to depression. She settled for a series of love affairs with married men who were attracted to her vast intelligence. In 1851, while working as a journalist, she met her match, the married writer George Henry Lewes. Three years later they began to openly live together, an act which severed for good any chance Eliot might have of being accepted into Victorian society. With Lewes, however, she found the kind of peace that allowed her to produce her novels. As he was a preeminent writer, people overlooked the unconventional status of his living arrangement in order to meet him, and enlarged her social and intellectual milieu.

She and Lewes lived together until his death 11/28/1878. After two years mourning, Eliot married John Cross, more than 20 years her junior. Their match raised eyebrows, especially after a mysterious episode in which Cross jumped from the window of their honeymoon suite into the Venice Grand Canal. He was rescued by passing gondoliers and all appeared normal after then. Eliot was not in good health by then and less than six months later,

she died of kidney disease on 12/22/1880, London.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death of Significant person 28 November 1878 (28-year cohabitant, George Henry Lewes)
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  • Death by Disease 22 December 1880 at 12:00 noon in London, England (Kidney Disease, age 61)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1860 (First book published)
  • Death of Mother 1836 (After mom died, she cared for dad)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1871 (Book, "Middlemarch")
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1851 (Future cohabitant, George Henry Lewes)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1854 (Began openly living with Lewes)

Source Notes

Gene Lockhart quotes "The Works of George Eliot, Her Life and Letters" in which the data is recorded by her father. (Same in Sabian Symbols No.315) Same data by J. W. Cross "The Life ..." (1895, p.1)

Biography: Kathryn Hughes, "George Eliot: The Last Victorian," Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Categories

  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level: intelligent, gifted)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Fifth)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Atheist
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editorial assistant)
  • Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited (High-strung)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Prone to depression)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Series of affairs with married men)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (George Henry Lewes, 24 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Six months)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Kidney disease)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Kidney disease, fatal)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Took masculine name for career)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Husband 20 years her junior)
  • Traits : Body : Appearance unattractive (Long horsy face)
  • Family : Parenting : Primary care of elderly (Cared for elderly father)

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