DecemberÂ 22, 1880Â â€“ 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) includedÂ The Mill on the Floss,Â Silas MarnerÂ andÂ Middlemarch. She was also well-known for her irreligion and her unorthodox relationships with men. EliotÂ translated philosophical and theological works from German to English, including David Straussâ€™sÂ Life of Jesus, Critically ExaminedÂ and Ludwig Feuerbackâ€™sÂ 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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