For three years, until , she served as subeditor of The Westminster , which under her influence enjoyed its most brilliant run since the days of John Stuart Mill. Though he did not become her husband, he introduced her to the two men who did.
George Henry Lewes was the most versatile of Victorian journalists. In he had married Agnes Jervis, by whom he had four sons. In Lewes and a friend, the journalist Thornton Leigh Hunt , founded a radical weekly called The Leader , for which he wrote the literary and theatrical sections. In April , two weeks after the first number appeared, Agnes Lewes gave birth to a son whose father was Thornton Hunt.
Lewes, being a man of liberal views, had the child registered as Edmund Lewes and remained on friendly terms with his wife and Hunt. But after she bore Hunt a second child in October , Lewes ceased to regard her as his wife, though, having condoned the adultery, he was precluded from suing for divorce.
At this moment of dejection, his home hopelessly broken, he met Marian Evans. They consulted about articles and went to plays and operas that Lewes reviewed for The Leader.
Convinced that his break with Agnes was irrevocable, Evans determined to live openly with Lewes, as his wife. They obtain what they desire and are still invited to dinner.
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Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Because Lewes had registered the children under his name, under Victorian divorce laws he was seen to condone the adultery and therefore was never able to obtain a divorce. Marian Evans and Lewes therefore made the decision to live together, a scandalous thing in Victorian England, but not in the eyes of their more liberal friends in Europe where they eloped to in Calling herself Marian Lewes, or Mrs Lewes, thus began one of the most enduring and fruitful partnerships in literary history.
What do I think of glory? George Henry Lewes died in Marian was inconsolable. But with the support of friends and her stepson, Charles Lewes, in she married their old family friend and accountant — John Walter Cross, a man twenty years younger than her. They wrote to each other but were never to meet for she died in December of the same year. He attended her funeral. They are buried in the unconsecrated section of Highgate Cemetery which seems appropriate as she felt an outsider all her life, and in her fiction and poetry she wrote about outsiders with tenderness and compassion.
She was a woman ahead of her time.
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