Contemporaries on GE's Works

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.

In this section, you will find commentary on Eliot's works published in periodicals during and shortly beyond her lifetime.

The George Eliot Archive offers far more reviews and commentary on Eliot's works than any print volume. For example, For example, we've curated forty reviews of Middlemarch alone, approximately twice as many as previously identified. Nonetheless, we have relied on the work of previous editors as our starting point.

If you are looking for something specific and don't see it, please let us know. (Email Bev at brilett2@unl.edu)


Kingsley, Rose G.
Kingsley, Rose G. “The Country of George Eliot.” Century Magazine 30, 1885, pp. 339-52.

May Clarissa Gillington Byron
1912?

Annie Matheson
Matheson, Annie. “Children in the Novels of George Eliot.” Macmillan’s Magazine 46, 1882, pp. 488-97.
1882

Maria Louise Henry
Henry, Maria Louise. “The Morality of Thackeray and George Eliot.” Atlantic Monthly 51, Feb. 1883, pp. 243-248.
1882-02(Feb)

Mary Bradford Whiting
Whiting, Mary Bradford. “George Eliot as a Character Artist.” Westminster Review 138, 1892, pp. 406-415.
1892

Charles S. Olcott
Olcott, Charles S. "George Eliot: Scenes and People In her Novels." Cassell, 1910.
1910

May Tomlinson
Tomlinson, May. “Rosamond and Lydgate.” South Atlantic Quarterly 17, 1918, pp. 320-29.
1918

May Tomlinson
Tomlinson, May. “Rosamond and Lydgate.” South Atlantic Quarterly 17, 1918, pp. 320-29.
1918

May Tomlinson
Tomlinson, May. “Dodsons and Tullivers.” Sewanee Review 26 July 1918, pp. 319-27.
1918-07(July)

May Tomlinson
Tomlinson, May. “The Beginning of George Eliot’s Art: A Study of Scenes of Clerical Life.” Sewanee Review 27, July 1919, pp. 320-329.
1919-07(July)

William Mottram
Mottram, William, George Eliot, and George Eliot. The True Story of George Eliot In Relation to "Adam Bede": Giving the Real Life History of the More Prominent Characters. American ed. Chicago: McClurg, 1906.
1906-10-13

William Hale White
Rutherford, Mark. The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford. Edited by Reuben Shapcott, 11th ed., T. Fisher Unwin, 1884.
1884

Abba Goold Woolson
Harper, 1886.
1886

Lina Wright Berle
Mitchell Kennerley, 1917.
1917

Hannah Amelia Davidson
Study Guide Series, 1897.
1897

Lisbeth Gooch Seguin
A. Strahan, 1888.
1888

Margaret Lonsdale
Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1886.
1886

Rose Elizabeth Cleveland
Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
1885

Joseph Angus
Westminster Review, Jan 1872, p. 131-2
1872-01 (Jan)

Author Unknown
Standard [London], 2 Dec 1872, p. 5
1872-12-02

Author Unknown
Standard [London], 13 Nov 1872, p. 5
1872-11-13

Author Unknown
Leeds Mercury, 14 Dec 1872, p. 12
1872-12-14

Author Unknown
Examiner, 8 Jun 1872, p. 575-6
1872-06-08

Author Unknown
Examiner, 7 Dec 1872, p. 1204-5
1872-10-07

Author Unknown
Examiner, 5 Oct 1872, p. 985-6
1872-10-05

Author Unknown
Examiner, 30 Mar 1872, p. 333-4
1872-03-30

Author Unknown
Examiner, 3 Feb 1872, p. 125-6
1872-02-03

Author Unknown
Examiner, 27 July 1872, p. 743-4
1872-07-27

Author Unknown
Examiner, 2 Dec 1871, p. 1192-3
1871-12-02

Author Unknown
Daily News London, 29 Jan 1872, p. 5
1872-01-29

Author Unknown
Daily News London, 29 Nov 1871, p. 5
1871-11-29

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 30 March 1872, p. 393
1872-03-30

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 3 Feb 1872, p. 137-8
1872-02-03

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 1 June 1872, p. 681
1872-06-01

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 9 October 1872, p. 6
1872-10-09

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 6 November 1872, p. 6
1872-11-06

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 22 Jan 1873, p. 6
1873-01-22

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 24 Jan 1872, p. 6
1872-01-24

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 21 August 1872, p. 6
1872-08-21

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 19 June 1872, p. 6
1872-06-19

Author Unknown
Aberdeen Journal, 1 May 1872, p. 9
1872-05-01

David Kaufmann, translated from the German by J. W. Ferrier
William Blackwood and Sons, 1878
Second Edition
1878

Author Unknown
Saturday Review, vol. 135, 29 May 1858, pp. 566-7
1859-05-29

Author Unknown
London Quarterly and Holborn Review, vol. 40, 1873, pp. 99-110
1873

Author Unknown
British Quarterly Review, vol. 45, 1867, pp. 141-78
1867

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 1 July 1876, pp. 14-15
1876-07-01

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 7 December 1872, pp. 725-26
1872-12-07

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 7 April 1860, pp. 467-68
1860-04-07

Author Unknown
British Controversialist and Literary Magazine, 1860, pp. 412-16
1860
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