The George Eliot Archive is an extensive resource for anyone studying the author best known as George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans), one of the most highly acclaimed novelists in Western literature. The Archive provides free online access to all of Eliot's writings: the standard "Cabinet Edition" of the novels and short stories, her complete poetry, her translations, and her non-fiction essays (more complete than any printed compilation). Visitors also will find hundreds of documents pertaining to George Eliot, including reviews of her works by her contemporaries; early biographical studies by those who knew her personally; and all known portraits of the author.
The George Eliot Archive launched on the eve of 2019, kicking off the bicentenary celebration of George Eliot's birth. We have more in store for you this year. In our next phase, we will offer three new interactive tools to present biographical information about Eliot, including a sortable, searchable chronology detailing the events of her life; an interactive map that will picture the sites and art Eliot visited on her trips to Italy; and a visual relationship web that will display her ties to family, friends, and business associates and will link to brief summaries of over 150 relationships.
Our long-term goal is to provide access to all of Eliot’s incoming and outgoing correspondence as well. Please check back frequently for updates as this first single-author scholarly website on George Eliot continues to develop as the primary online site for Eliot scholarship.
The Archive’s sister site, the George Eliot Review Online, makes all issues of the George Eliot Review from its inception in 1970 freely accessible on the internet for the first time. This digital project, launched in December 2017, has been made possible in partnership with the journal’s publishers, the George Eliot Fellowship.
For updates on all George Eliot social events, including lectures, conferences, tours of "George Eliot Country", wreath-laying, memorial tending, preservation plans for Bird Grove and the Visitors' Center at Griff, souvenirs, and much more, please see visit the George Eliot Fellowship website.
The George Eliot Archive and George Eliot Review Online have been developed by Dr. Beverley Rilett and her small but mighty team of research assistants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.