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Who was George Eliot?

George Eliot - 1864

George Eliot - 1864

Mary Anne Evans became famous as the novelist George Eliot. She was born in 1819 at South Farm on the Arbury estate near Nuneaton. Her writings deal with a wide range of human emotions and draw on her early childhood memories of living in Nuneaton and the surrounding area.

Nuneaton Library holds one of the prime collections on George Eliot in Britain, with over 2,000 books, facsimiles of 190 letters and a collection of scrapbooks. The County Record Office holds the original letters.

For more details of the collection see The George Eliot Collection at Nuneaton Library.

South farm

Mary Anne Evans was born here at South Farm, Arbury Hall estate, on 22nd November 1819. (Postcard published by Inter-Art photocolour view series, Nuneaton Library Collection)

Arbury hall

Arbury Hall. (Postcard published by Inter-Art photocolour view series, Nuneaton Library Collection)

Griff house

Mary Anne Evans moved here, to Griff House with her family when she was a baby. (Postcard, Nuneaton Library Collection)