"What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
Yep this folks is George Eliot and George is a SHE. Her real name was Mary Anne Evans and she wrote under the pen name of a man because she wanted to ensure that her works were taken seriously and probably tried to shield her life from public scrutiny as she was involved with a married man. Born Nov. 22 1819 in Warwickshire England, she died Dec. 22 1880 at the age of 61.
She was a leading writer of the Victorian era and her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological insight.
We've come a long way baby!