Contemporaries on George Eliot'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. As a digital scholarly edition, we are able to continuously expand as new items are identified. We have relied on the work of editors of printed collections as our starting point and continued to build our collection well beyond what has been available. Our digital edition more than quadruples the number of previously collected reviews of Middlemarch, facilitating new avenues of inquiry into the novel's early reception.

We also have an extensive collection of articles reporting on and summarizing lectures presented on George Eliot’s works and on her literary influence within and outside of England. As these documents demonstrate, Eliot's writing garnered widespread acclaim from professional critics and common citizens alike, who generally praised the creativity, wit, complex characters, and the moral philosophy incorporated into her writings.


If you are unable to locate a specific review or article about Eliot's works in this section, please let us know. We'll find it, upload it, and send you the link. 


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

Hutton, R. H.
"Daniel Deronda." 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, H.
James, H. "About Some of the George Eliot's Novels." Treasury of Literature and the Ladies' Treasury, 2 Aug. 1869, p. 56-63.
1869-08-02

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
James, Henry. "Middlemarch." 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

Kaufmann, David
Kaufmann, David. George Eliot and Judaism: An attempt to Appreciate "Daniel Deronda." Translated by J. W. Ferrier, Edinburgh, W. Blackwood, 1878
1878

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

Kebbel, T. E.
Fraser's Magazine, Feb. 1881, pp. 263–276.
1881-02 (Feb)

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

Laing, Robert
The Quarterly Review, Apr. 1873, pp. 336–369.
1873-04 (Apr)

Lancaster, H. H.
The North British Review, Sept. 1866, pp. 197–228.
1866-09 (Sept)

Lawrenny, H. [Edith Simcox]
Simcox, Edith. "Middlemarch." The Academy, 1 Jan. 1873, p. 1-4.
1873-01-01

Lewes, M. E. (George Eliot)
Lewes, M. E. "A Letter from George Eliot." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 22 Jan. 1881, p. 10.
1881-01-22

Lilly, W. S.
Lilly, W. S. "George Eliot as a Humourist." Huddersfield Chronicle, 4 Feb. 1895, p. 4.
1895-02-04

Linton, Eliza Lynn
Linton, Eliza Lynn. Women Novelists of Queen Victoria's Reign: A Book of Appreciations, Hurst and Blackett, 1897, pp. 63–115.
1897

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

Louch, Thomas
Louch, Thomas. "The Novels of George Eliot." Victorian Express, 19 Mar. 1887, p. 6.
1887-03-19

Lucas, Samuel
The Times, 2 Jan. 1858, p. 9.
1858-01-02

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

Milnes, Richard Monckton
Milnes, Richard Monckton. Middlemarch: a Study of Provincial Life. Edinburgh Review [American Review], Jan. 1873, pp. 126–135.
1873-01 (Jan)

Morley, John
Morley, John. George Eliot's Novels. Macmillan's Magazine, May 1866, pp. 272–279.
1866-05 (May)

Mottram, William
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

Mulock, Dinah
Mulock, Dinah. To Novelists - And a Novelist, Macmillan's Magazine, April 1861, pp. 441-8
1861-04 (April)

Newby, Thos Cautley
Newby, Thos Cautley . "Adam Bede, Jun." Times, 5 Dec. 1859, p. 7.
1859-12-05

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

Olcott, Charles S.
Olcott, Charles S., George Eliot: Scenes and People in Her Novels, London ; Cassell, 1911.
1911

Parkes, Bessie Rayner
Bessie Rayner Parkes, Dorothea Casaubon and George Eliot, Contemporary Review, Vol. LXV. Jan-June, 1894.
1894

Parkes, Bessie Rayner [Belloc]
Belloc, Bessie Rayner. "Dorothea Casaubon and George Eliot." In a Walled Garden. Macmillan & Co., 1895, pp. 1-24.
1895

Penelope
Penelope. "Our Ladies' Column." Northampton Mercury, 16 Apr. 1881, p. 8.
1881-04-16

Primrose, Deborah
Primrose, Deborah. "Fetishism." Hearth and Home, 30 Jan. 1896, p. 440.
1896-01-30

Robertson, Eric S.
Robertson, Eric S., English Poetesses. Cassell and Company, 1883, Pgs. 326-334.
1883

Robertson, James Craigie
Robertson, James Craigie. Eliot's Novels. The Quarterly Review, Oct. 1860, pp. 469–499.
1860-10 (Oct)

S. P.
S. P. "On George Eliot's 'Armgart.'" Nottinghamshire Guardian, 9 Oct. 1874, p. 6.
1874-10-09

Saintsbury, George
Saintsbury, George. Daniel Deronda. Academy, 9 Sept. 1876, pp. 253–254.
1876-09-09

Sedgewick, A. G.
Sedgewick, A. G. Felix Holt, the Radical. The North American Review, Oct. 1866, pp. 557–563.
1866-10 (Oct)
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