Middlemarch and other works by women reissued under their real names

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Women’s Prize for Fiction

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The Reclaim Her Name collection runs to 25 titles in all

Novels written by women using male pen names have been reissued 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.

The 25 titles have been released to mark the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The Reclaim Her Name library features newly commissioned cover artwork from female designers.

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

Also featured is Indiana by George Sand, the male pseudonym used by the 19th Century French novelist Amantine Aurore Dupin.

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George Eliot portrait by François D’Albert Durade

Founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse, said it was “a lovely way to celebrate” the award’s 25th anniversary.

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

Liz Petry, whose mother Anne’s book Marie of the Cabin Club is featured in the collection, said she was “honoured” to have been approached.

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

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

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

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