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Alan Maitland reads from ‘The Mill on the Floss’

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In this clip, Alan Maitland, as Fireside Al, reads an excerpt from George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss. He paints a richly evocative vision of all the things that come together to make Christmas day more special than any other - the crisp cold of the outdoors, the creature comforts to be found inside, the special treats and the anticipation of welcoming family.

Medium: Radio
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 18, 1978
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 3:48

Did You know?


• George Eliot is the pseudonym of Mary Ann Cross (also Marian), who was born Mary Ann Evans on Nov. 22, 1819 in Warwickshire, England, and died Dec. 22, 1880, in London. Eliot assumed a male pseudonym so her work would be taken more seriously than if she wrote under her own name.

• Eliot also wrote Adam Bede, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, all providing readers with examinations of Victorian society.

• Eliot found herself at the centre of scandal when she began a common-law marriage with George Henry Lewes, who was married to and unable to divorce an adulterous wife.  They lived together from 1854 until his death in 1878.  She married John Cross in 1880, and died some months later.


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