December 22 in freethought history…

georgeeliotDecember 22, 1880 – Writer and translator George Eliot dies in London, aged 61. Her novels (published under a male pen name to ensure her works were taken seriously) included The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner and Middlemarch. She was also well-known for her irreligion and her unorthodox relationships with men. Eliot translated philosophical and theological works from German to English, including David Strauss’s Life of Jesus, Critically Examined and Ludwig Feuerback’s Essence of Christianity. When she died in 1880 at the age of 61, she was denied a place of honor in Westminster Cathedral due to her denial of Christianity.

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