A special programme on her life and legacy
She was the author of 'Daniel Deronda', 'Silas Marner', 'The Mill on the Floss' and of course the towering 'Middlemarch', among others. As a new biography of George Eliot appears, we celebrate her life and works. Eliot seems to speak to us as powerfully as she did in her own day, and her heroines, from Dorothea Brooke to Maggie Tulliver and Gwendolen Harleth, offer complex and sympathetic pictures that reveal her huge understanding of the lives of women. Her own life was extraordinary: dominated by her hugely successful career, of course, but also by her relationship with George Lewes, the man she loved but couldn’t marry.
Jenni is joined by the author of the new biography, Brenda Maddox; historian and biographer Kathryn Hughes; the academic Ruth Livesey; and the novelist Zoe Heller.
'George Eliot: Novelist, Lover, Wife' by Brenda Maddox is published by Harper Press, ISBN 978-0-00-724079-1