She Gives You Sympathy

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19691120A portrait of George Eliot

(born 22 November 1819) Written and narrated by Gabriel Woolf with Jill Balcon as George Eliot Frank Duncan as G. H. Lewes John Rye as John Cross

Others taking part SEAN Arnold WILFRID CARTER , KATHLEEN HELME GODFREY KENTON

Mary Ann Evans was of humble origins and for 24 years she flouted public opinion by living with G. H. Lewes who was unable to obtain a divorce from his wife.

Yet she was acclaimed by Herbert Spencer as the ' greatest woman who has lived on earth,' and is now widely thought to have been England's greatest Victorian novelist. The wit, compassion, and humanity that inform her books were equally characteristic of her life.

Produced by HALLAM TENNYSON (Frank Duncan is in 'The Crunch' at the St Martin's Theatre, London)