The Mill on the Floss.docx - The Mill on the Floss is George Eliot's the third major work of fiction and her second novel published in 1860 Before this

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The Mill on the Floss is George Eliot 's the third major work of fiction and her second novel published in 1860. Before this novel, Eliot had published a book of short stories, the excitingly titled Scenes From a Clerical Life , and the novel Adam Bede . The Mill on the Floss was very successful and helped George Eliot achieve even greater fame. Of course, George Eliot wasn’t actually the one achieving all this success and fame, since George Eliot didn’t actually exist. See, George Eliot is the pen-name of one Mary Anne Evans. Who is obviously a woman. What’s up with the masculine pen-name? Well, a lot of nineteenth-century female authors used male pen-names, since it was harder for women to get published and be taken seriously as writers. The Brontë sisters did this too actually – Charlotte Brontë published her first works, including Jane Eyre , under the name "Curer Bell" for instance. By the time The Mill on the Floss was published, George Eliot’s real identity was quickly becoming known. Success tends to cancel out anonymity after all. Actually, Mary Anne

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