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Unformatted text preview:This text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878. David Carroll's introduction is complemented by the original Penguin Classics edition introduction by Q.D. Leavis. Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life , the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss , Middlemarch , and Daniel Deronda . If you enjoyed Silas Marner , you might like Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter , also available in Penguin Classics. 'I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect ... which marks a classical work' Henry James