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.

Cooke, George Willis
1883

Fremantle, Anne
1909

The Authors of "Our Queen," "Life of General Gordon," etc.
1886

James, Henry
1885-05 (May)

1885-04 (Apr)

Whipple, Edwin
1885

Ames, Charles Gordon
1886

Kitchel, Anna Theresa
1933

1881-01-01

Underwood, Sara A.
1876

Griswold, Hattie Tyng
1887

1905-06-13

Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart
1883-03(Mar)

Boyce, Arthur E.
1909-03-12

Browning, Oscar
1890

White, William Hale
1885-11-28

1896-06-25

1885-01-24

Bolton, Sarah K.
1886

1885-03-11

Betham-Edwards, Matilda
1919

Myers, F. W. H.
1885

Linton, Eliza Lynn
1895-09-17

1895-02-09

1880-12-24

Gray , Helen Cone and Gilder, Jeannette L.
1888

Whipple, E.P.
1885

Field, Kate
1880-12-26
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