Friday, 19 April 2013

George Eliot's ink

George Eliot by Samuel Laurence ca. 1860

With a single drop  of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. This is what I undertake to do for you, reader. With this drop of ink at the end of my pen, I will show you the roomy workshop of Mr. Jonathan Burge, carpenter and builder, in the village of Hayslope, as it appeared on the eighteenth of June, in the year of our Lord 1799.

George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)

George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), English novelist and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She used a male pen name because she wanted to be taken seriously and avoid being stereotyped as female writer of lighthearted romances.

Check out George Eliot's blotting paper displayed in the George Eliot Gallery, Nuneaton Museum, Warwickshire. 

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