Silas Marner is a selfless member of a tight Calvinist sect who's been framed for stealing the congregation's funds. Expelled from his community, he retreats to the rustic hamlet of Raveloe to spend the remainder of his life as a misanthropic hermit, devoted only to the fortune he amasses as a linen weaver. But when his gold is taken, Silas also feels robbed of what's left of his humanity. Then, one snowy New Year's Eve, an orphan girl comes in out of the storm and changes him forever.
Drawn from Eliot's empathy for the outsider, Silas Marner is the embodiment of her humanist perspective on redemption, kinship, and self-discovery.
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George Eliot (1819-1880) was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, who was an English poet, journalist, essayist, newspaper editor, literary critic, and groundbreaking novelist.
The daughter of a Warwickshire mill owner, Evans was a voracious reader and self-educated freethinker of the Victorian era. A champion of radical causes, she served as editor and essayist for the left-wing journal The Westminster Review. As a pious yet doubting student of religion, she challenged the tenets of her church, and as the bane of polite society, she was the unrepentant mistress of philosopher George Henry Lewes for more than twenty-five years. Evans adopted the male nom de plume to ensure that her works of modern realism and psychological insight would not be dismissed. Her best-known works include The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, and Middlemarch.