The family moved to Griff House, also on the Arbury Hall estate.
Mary Anne’s mother gave birth to twin boys – both boys died shortly after being born.
Mary Ann’s mother died in the February of this year.
Mary Ann moved to Coventry with her father who had retired, passing his job onto Isaac. Mary Ann met the Brays and other ‘free thinkers’ at their home, Rosehill. This influenced and changed her ideas about religion and other topics. For a short time Mary Ann refused to attend church, which caused arguments with her father.
Mary Ann moved to London, lodging at the house of publisher John Chapman. Marian, as she now called herself, started writing articles for him, and later accepted the role of editor of his magazine, the Westminster Review. She attended lectures in History, German, French and Elocution at the Ladies College, Bedford Square, London (now the Royal Holloway – part of University College London). During this time she met Herbert Spencer and George Henry Lewes.
Whilst on holiday in Tenby, South Wales, Lewes asked Mary Ann to consider writing fiction.
Mary Ann told her brother Isaac that she was married to Lewes. When Isaac discovered that she wasn’t legally married, he cut her off from the family, forbidding anyone to contact her.
She wrote under a different name for a number of reasons. Partly due to her ‘scandalous’ private life (living with a married man), partly to protect herself from personal and professional criticism and lastly – to be taken more seriously than other female writers.
After the success and popularity of Scenes of Clerical Life she went onto publish a number of successful novels, short stories and poems.
The Mill on the Floss is published.
Silas Marner is published.
Romola is published.
Felix Holt the Radical is published.
Middlemarch is published.
Daniel Deronda is published.
Impressions of Theophrastus Such is published.