Author George Eliot achieved mass popularity and was acclaimed by her literary contemporaries. In contrast, Marian Evans flouted Victorian conventions by living with a man she was unable to marry, and by ceasing to attend church. She was refused entry into Victorian society. This DVD tells the story of Evans, from her pious Midland childhood, through her development into an independent minded academic, before emerging as the novelist George Eliot. She transformed the novle from a form of entertainment, to a social critique incorporating serious moral judgments and faithful representations of commonplace things.