Contemporaries on GE's Life

An understanding of how George Eliot’s contemporaries were reading and responding to her published works helps us appreciate her reach, her fame, and her historical significance.

Biographical Studies: In this section, you will find assessments of Eliot’s life by her contemporaries—everything from brief commentary in periodicals to book-length biographies.

Obituary notices are well represented, including several later tributes written by famous authors whose own work was influenced by Eliot’s, including Henry James and Virginia Woolf.

Most significant is the biography written by her husband, John Walter Cross, which includes many of Eliot's letters and journal entries. Reviews of Cross’s biography are collected here for the first time.

It is interesting to note how often early biographical sketches included incorrect information. We retain these, of course, for the benefit of comparison and the historical interest of these records.

"Leigh"
1884-06-30

A. H.
1876-10-01

A. R.
1902-07-18

Allardyce, Alexander
1881-02 (Feb)

Ames, Charles Gordon
1886

Austin, Alfred
1880-12-31

Author Unknown
1885-07 (July)

Author Unknown [R. W. L.]
1904-10-01

Betham-Edwards, Mathilde
1885

Betham-Edwards, Matilda
1919

Blind, Mathilde
1904 (First ed 1883)

Bolton, Sarah K.
1886

Boyce, Arthur E.
1909-03-12

Boyesen, Hjalmar
1891-02-03

Browning, Oscar
1890

Buchanan, Robert
1885-01-24

Burke, Agnes and F. B. Branson.
1919-11-123

C. J.
1902-06-22

Chadwick, R.
1889-07-29

Chadwick, R.
1889-08-05

Clarke, Isabel C.
1935

Clifford, Lucy
1913-07(July)

Clifford, Lucy
1913

Conway, Monoure D
1883-01-31

Cooke, George Willis
1883

Cross, A. F.
1896-03-03

Crowder, C. H.
1881-03-25

Deakin, Mary H.
1913

Downs, Annie Sawyer.
1879-05-28

Downs, Annie Sawyer.
1879-05-28

E. Herbert Draper
1881-01-12

E. M.
1891-10-19

E. W. B.
1885-02-07

F. D. U.
1904-05-23

F. Eustace Tozer
1888-06-02

F. H. A.
1904-10-15

Fairfax, Beatrice
1918-04-20

Field, Kate
1880-12-26

Field, Kate
1864

Field, Kate
1880-12-29

Field, Kate
1881-01-15
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