Middlemarch and other works by women reissued under their real names


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The Reclaim Her Name collection includes 25 titles in all

Novels written by women using male pen names have been republished using the authors’ actual names.

The collection includes George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which has been reissued under the author’s real name, Mary Ann Evans, for the first time.

All 25 titles have been released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Female Fiction Award.

The Reclaim Her Name library features cover artwork recently commissioned by women designers.

Other titles in the collection include A Phantom Lover, a Gothic horror novel by Violet Paget published under the pen name Vernon Lee.

Also included is George Sand’s Indiana, the male pseudonym used by 19th-century French novelist Amantine Aurore Dupin.

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George Eliot portrait by François D’Albert Durade

The Founding Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse, said it was “a beautiful way to celebrate” the 25th anniversary of the prize.

She said the initiative would pursue a process of “empowering women, starting conversations and ensuring they get the recognition they deserve.”

Liz Petry, whose Cabin Club mother Anne Marie’s book is in the collection, said she was “honored” to be approached.

“I’m incredibly proud of my mom’s work and it excites me that her writing has been presented to a new audience,” she continued.

The entire collection can be downloaded as free e-books from Bailey’s website, the former sponsor of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Physical boxes will also be donated to selected libraries across the country.

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