A revealing portrait of the hypocrisy and superficiality of high society, George Eliot's final novel also provides a glimpse of Jewish life in Victorian Britain. Daniel Deronda traces the intertwined lives of two markedly different characters: spirited, selfish Gwendolen, who maintains her social position by entering a loveless marriage; and compassionate Daniel, whose rescue of a suicidal woman leads to his immersion into the Jewish community and Zionist politics.
Born in 1819, Mary Ann Evans adopted a man's pen name to make sure that her books were taken seriously. As George Eliot, she became one of the Victorian era's most prominent novelists. Eliot's stories continue to captivate readers with their readable style and the warmth and humanity of their characters.