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)


Hutton, R. H.
1876-02-12

Hyatt, Alfred
1901-10-12

Jacobs, Joseph
1877-06 (June)

James, Henry
1866-10 (Oct)

James, Henry
1866-08-16

James, Henry
1873-03 (Mar)

James, Henry
1876-12 (Dec.)

James, Henry
1868

Jennett Humphreys and E. W. B.
1885-02-07

Jewsbury, Geraldine
1859-02-26

John Chapman
1859-04 (Apr)

Johnson, R. Brimley
1918

Johnson, R. Brimley
1918

Kaufmann, David (translated from the German by J. W. Ferrier)
1878

Kebbel, T. E.
1881-02 (Feb)

Kingsley, Rose G.
1885

Laing, Robert
1873-04 (Apr)

Lancaster, H. H.
1866-09 (Sept)

Lawrenny, H. [Edith Simcox]
1873-01-01

Lewes, M. E.
1881-01-22

Lilly, W. S.
1895-02-04

Linton, Eliza Lynn
1897

Louch, Thomas
1887-03-19

Milnes, Richard Monckton
1873-01 (Jan)

Morley, John
1866-05 (May)

Mulock, Dinah
1861-04 (April)

Newby, Thos Cautley
1859-12-05

Parkes, Bessie Rayner
1894

Parkes, Bessie Rayner [Belloc]
1895

Penelope
1881-04-16

Primrose, Deborah
1896-01-30

R. Chadwick
1889-07-31

Robertson, James Craigie
1860-10 (Oct)

S. P.
1874-10-09

Saintsbury, George
1876-09-09

Sedgewick, A. G.
1866-10 (Oct)

Sheppard, Nathan
1883

Smith, George Barnett
1873-05 (May)
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