The Death of George Eliot – 22 December 1880

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans), author of such classic novels as Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner, died at 4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, on 22 December 1880 – she was 61.

To commemmorate the day, included below is a newspaper obituary of Eliot, which was published just two days after her death – and we’ve also included also a terrific illustration (from ‘The Graphic’ newspaper) from her beautiful novel, Silas Marner.

historical newspaper report on george eliot

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Friday 24 December 1880

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historical newspaper report on george eliot

The Graphic – Saturday 23 December 1899

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