George Eliot was one of the best writers of the 19th century, but By George, this was man. Instead, George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, a skilled female velist who wanted to make sure her work was taken seriously by using a masculine pen name. The practice was widely used in Europe in the 19th century, including by the Bronte sisters. Regardless of her name, her work became well kwn in its time for realism and its psychological insight, including vels like Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871-72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England. Her work also infused religion and politics, and Victorian Era readers were fond of her books' depictions of society. Brother Jacob is considered Eliot's most unusual and obscure work, a short story that is an ode to Thackeray. It is a satire that parallels eating and reading.