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. 


The Morning Chronicle, 28 Feb. 1859, p. 6
1859-02-28

Woolson, Abba Gould
Woolson, Abba Gould. George Eliot and Her Heroines: A Study. New York, Harper Gamp; brothers, 1886.
1886

Woolson, Abba Gould
Harper, 1886.
1886

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

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

Whipple, Edwin P.
Whipple, Edwin P. "Daniel Deronda." The North American Review, Jan. 1877, pp. 31–52.
1877-01 (Jan)

Wedgwood, Julia
The Contemporary Review, 1 Jan. 1881, pp. 173–185.
1881-01 (Jan)

Unkown
"George Eliot's Heroines." The Woman's Herald, 15 Jun. 1893, p. 258.
1893-06-15

Unknwon
"Wanamaker's." Daily Republican, 24 Nov. 1885.
1885-11-24

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"Lecture on 'Adam Bede.'" Bristol Mercury, 13 Apr. 1883, p. 6.
1883-04-13

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"Two Books of Criticism." Pall Mall Gazette, 8 Dec. 1891, p. 3.
1891-12-08

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"The Rev. H. J. R. Marston on Goldsmith." Berrow's Worcester Journal, 24 May 1884, p. 7.
1884-05-24

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"Literature of the Week." Hampshire Advertiser County Newspaper, 8 June 1867, p. 7.
1867-06-08

Unknown
"Literature, Science, and Art Gossip." Dundee Courier, 23 Sept. 1872.
1872-09-23

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"Notes." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 10 July 1895, p. 8.
1895-07-10

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"Religious Services." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 5 Dec. 1887, p. 3.
1887-12-05

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"Wisdom About Women." Hull Daily Mail, 27 Dec. 1910, p. 8.
1910-12-27

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"Corporation Trading: Anti-Municipal Crusade." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 14 Oct. 1905, p. 4.
1905-10-14

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"A Link with 'Mr. Gilfil's Love Story.'" Tamworth Herald, 21 June 1924, p. 3.
1924-06-21

Unknown
"The Feminine Peril in Fiction." Glasgow Herald, 29 Apr. 1899, p. 9.
1899-04-29

Unknown
"Literature." Aberdeen Journal, 4 Jan. 1894, p. 7.
1894-01-04

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"Our Library Table." North Wales Chronicle, 14 July 1866, p. 2.
1866-07-14

Unknown
"American Fiction." Aberdeen Journal, 7 Jan. 1880, p. 2.
1880-01-07

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

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"'George Eliot' and Wirksworth Associations." Derby Mercury, 5 Jan. 1881, p. 2.
1881-01-05

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"Literary Notices." Newcastle Courant, 5 Apr. 1867, p. 3.
1867-04-05

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"Moreton-In-Marsh." Jackson's Oxford Journal, 11 Nov. 1899, p. 3.
1899-11-11

Unknown
"George Eliot's New Story." Daily News, 28 Nov. 1871, p. 5.
1871-11-28

Unknown
"Summary of News." Nottinghamshire Guardian, 20 June 1873, p. 4-5.
1873-06-20

Unknown
"Theophrastus Such." Standard, 17 June 1879, p. 2.
1879-06-17

Unknown
"George Eliot's New Novel." Standard, 29 Apr. 1872, p. 3.
1872-04-29

Unknown
"Lochee." Dundee Courier and Argus, 24 Jan. 1889.
1889-01-24

Unknown
"Sir Theodore Martinon Books." Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Standard, 11 Oct. 1887, p. 3.
1887-10-11

Unknown
"Art and Literary Gossip." Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser, 12 Apr. 1862, p. 2.
1862-04-12

Unknown
"The Magazines for May." Berrows Worcester Journal, 8 May 1869, p. 6.
1869-05-08

Unknown
"Literature, Science, and Art." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1 Jan. 1881, p. 3.
1881-01-01

Unknown
"Literary, Scientific, and Artistic Notes." Bucks Herald, 30 Sept. 1871, p. 3.
1871-09-30

Unknown
"Art and Literary." Stirling Observer and Midland Counties Advertiser, 3 May 1866, p. 3.
1866-05-03

Unknown
"The Sunderland Equitable Industrial Society's Library." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 21 Oct. 1884, p. 3.
1884-10-21

Unknown
"Literature, Music, Science, and Art." Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 1 May 1868, p. 3.
1868-05-01

Unknown
"Wilnecote." Tamworth Herald, 10 Mar. 1923, p. 5.
1923-03-10

Unknown
"Middlemarch." Graphic, 28 Dec. 1872, p. 610.
1872-12-28

Unknown
"Mr. Swinburne's New Volume." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 29 Aug. 1877, p. 3.
1877-08-29

Unknown
"Our Evening Hymns." Northampton Mercury, 15 May 1886, p. 6.
1886-05-15

Unknown
"'Place and Power.'" Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13 Sept. 1903, p. 6.
1903-09-13

Unknown
"George Eliot's Essays." Pall Mall Gazette, 21 Feb. 1884, p. 4.
1884-02-21

Unknown
"Sale of Autograph Letters." Morning Post, 18 July 1898, p. 7.
1898-07-18

Unknown
"The 'Globe' and the 'Daily News.'" Huddersfield Chronicle, 12 Oct. 1887, p. 4.
1887-10-12

Unknown
"Hull's Literary Outlook." Hull Daily Mail, 1 Apr. 1924, p. 7.
1924-04-01

Unknown
"Dickens and the Queen." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 5 Nov. 1887, p. 2.
1887-11-05
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