GEORGE ELIOT

Location: Newdigate Square, Nuneaton
Artist: Denise Dutton

Novelist Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was born in Nuneaton and was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women's writing being limited to lighthearted romances. In 1986 a statue of the novelist was made by John Letts and unveiled in her hometown of Nuneaton which also has a hospital, hospice and school name after her.