Alexander Main and Edith Simcox: The Passionate Worshipers

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Mary Ann Evans, better known under the pseudonym George Eliot (1819-1880), was a major Victorian novelist and poet. As her popularity grew, so did her admirers.

Two in particular - Alexander Main and Edith Simcox - started to cross the line as far as “passionate devotion.”

One sent numerous gushy letters. Another recorded her unreciprocated love for the novelist in a secret journal. Both made George Eliot pretty uncomfortable.

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