Author(s): George Eliot
If life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie? Tragic and moving, "The Mill on the Floss" is a novel of grand passions and tormented lives. As the rebellious Maggie's fiery spirit and imaginative nature bring her into bitter conflict with her narrow provincial family, most painfully with her beloved brother Tom, their fates are played out on an epic scale. George Eliot drew on her own frustrated rural upbringing to create one of the great novels of childhood, and one of literature's most unforgettable heroines. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (1819-80) was a philosopher, journalist and translator before she became a novelist, her first stories being published in 1856. She led an unconventional life, co-editing the liberal journal The Westminster Review for three years and living for twenty years with the married man and philosopher George Henry Lewes. Her novels are among the greatest of the nineteenth century. Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda are also published in the Penguin English Library.