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)


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

Author Unknown [A. R.]
[A. R.] "George Eliot." Westminster Budget, 18 Jul. 1902, p. 21.
1902-07-18

Author Unknown [G. W. S.]
[G. W. S.] New York Tribune, 26 Jul. 1875.
1875-07-26

Author Unknown [M. E. C.]
[M. E. C.] "The Influence of George Eliot's Early Novels." The Guardian, 27 May 1896, p. 830.
1896-05-27

Author Unknown [R. W. L.]
[R. W. L.] "The Book World: Women Novelist of To-Day." Black And White, 01 Oct. 1904, p. 484.
1904-10-01

Aveling, Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling
Westminster Review, vol. 125, Jan. 1886, pp. 207–222.
1886-01 (Jan)

Bell, James
Bell, James. George Eliot as a Novelist. Aberdeen: Walker & Company 1888, Pgs. 5-72.
1888

Berle, Lina Wright
Mitchell Kennerley, 1917.
1917

Bowker, R. R.
International Review, IV, Jan. 1877, pp. 68–76.
1877-01 (Jan)

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot." Kentish Mail Greenwich and Deptford Observer, 12 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-12

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot (Continued)." Kentish Mail Greenwich And Deptford Observer, 19 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-19

Broome, Frederick Napier
The Times, 7 Mar. 1873, p. 3.
1873-03-07

Byron, May Clarissa Gillington
1912?

Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth
Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
1885

Collins, Rev. W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 611–623.
1860-05 (May)

Collins, Rev. W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 490-504
1860-05 (May)

Collins, W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 112, Dec. 1872, pp. 727–745.
1872-12 (Dec)

Colvin, Sidney
Fortnightly Review, vol. 19, Jan. 1873, pp. 142–147.
1873-01 (Jan)

Colvin, Sidney
Fortnightly Review, vol. 26, Nov. 1876, pp. 601–616.
1876-11 (Nov)

Courthope, W. J.
The Quarterly Review, vol. 147, Jan. 1879, pp. 81–112.
1879-01 (Jan)

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 12 Apr. 1859, p. 5.
1859-04-12

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 19 May 1860, p. 10.
1860-05-19

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 26 June 1866, p. 6.
1866-06-26

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 29 Apr. 1861, p. 12.
1861-04-29

Davidson, Hannah Amelia
Study Guide Series, 1897.
1897

Dowden, Edward
The Contemporary Review, vol. 20, Aug. 1872, pp. 403–422.
1872-08 (Aug)

Dowden, Edward
Dowden, Edward. The Contemporary Review, Vol. 29, 1877, Pgs. 348-369.
1877

Ferrier, J.W. & David Kaufmann
Ferrier, J.W. & David Kaufmann. George Eliot and Judaism: an Attempt to Appreciate "Daniel Deronda." Edinburgh, W. Blackwood and Sons, 1878.
1878

Harrison, Frederic
Harrison, Frederic. Studies in Victorian Literature. Edward Arnold, copyright 1895, Pgs. 205-224.
1895

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

Howells, W.D.
Howells, W.D., Heroines of Fiction, Harper and Brothers Publishing, New York & London 1901, Pgs. 102-113.
1901

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 18 July 1863.
1863-07-18

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 1 June 1872.
1872-06-01

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 8 Apr. 1876.
1876-04-08

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 10 June 1876.
1876-06-10

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 29 July 1876.
1876-07-29

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 12 Feb. 1876.
1876-02-12

Hutton, R. H.
British Quarterly Review, vol. 57, 1873, pp. 407–429.
1873

Hutton, R.H.
Hutton, R.H. Essays on Some of the Modern Guides to English Thought in Matters of Faith. London Macmillan and Co. 1891, Pgs. 153-310.
1891

Hyatt, Alfred
Hyatt, Alfred. "Arts and Letters." London Middlesex Gazette, 12 Oct. 1901, p. 7.
1901-10-12

Jacobs, Joseph
Macmillan's Magazine, June 1877, pp. 101–111.
1877-06 (June)

James, Henry
Atlantic Monthly, Oct. 1866, vol. 18, pp. 479–492.
1866-10 (Oct)

James, Henry
The Nation, 16 Aug. 1866, pp. 127–128.
1866-08-16

James, Henry
The Galaxy, Mar. 1873, pp. 424–428.
1873-03 (Mar)

James, Henry
Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1876, pp. 684–694.
1876-12 (Dec.)

James, Henry
James, Henry. Review of the Spanish Gypsy. Nation, Vol. 7, 1868, Pgs. 12-14
1868

Jewsbury, Geraldine
Athenaeum, 26 Feb. 1859, p. 284.
1859-02-26

John Chapman
Westminster Review [American Edition], vol. 71, Apr. 1859, pp. 269–283.
1859-04 (Apr)

Johnson, R. Brimley
Johnson, R. Brimley. The Great Four. London [etc.] W. Collins sons & co., ltd. 1918, Pgs. 204-225.
1918

Johnson, R. Brimley
Johnson, R. Brimley. The Great Four. London [etc.] W. Collins sons & co., ltd. 1918, Pgs. 226-244.
1918
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