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. 


"Literary Notes." Morning Post, 10 Feb. 1892, p. 2.
1892-02-10

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

"Middlemarch." Leeds Mercury, 14 Dec. 1872, p. 12.
1872-12-14

"Multiple News Items." Standard, 24 June 1895, p. 3.
1895-06-24

"George Eliot's Life." Liverpool Mercury, 27 Jan. 1885, p. 7.
1885-01-27

George Eliot and Personal Responsibility, Six Nineteenth-Century Fictionists, Pgs. 40-61
NA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

British Controversialist and Literary Magazine, 1859, pp. 268-73
1859

Westminster Review, October 1863, pp. 344-52
1863-10 (Oct)

Athenaeum, 11 July 1863, p. 46
1863-07-11

Westminster Review, vol. 54, July 1878, pp. 105-35
1878-07 (July)

The Observer, 17 December 1871
1871-12-17

Edinburgh Review, January 1873, pp. 246-63
1873-01 (Jan)

The Saturday Review, 21 December 1872, pp. 796
1872-12-21

The Saturday Review, 7 December 1872, pp. 733-4
1872-12-07

Examiner, 7 December 1872, pp. 1204-5
1872-12-07

The Daily News, 28 November 1871
1871-11-28

Westminster Review, July 1866, pp. 200-207
1866-07 (July)

Blackwood's Magazine, July 1866, pp. 94-109
1866-07 (July)

The Saturday Review, 16 June 1866, pp. 722-4
1866-06-16

The Saturday Review, 13 April 1861, pp. 369-70
1861-04-13

The Atlas, 14 April 1860, pp. 290-2
1860-04-14

Leader, 14 April 1860, pp. 355-6
1860-04-14

The Saturday Review, 7 April 1860, pp. 471-2
1860-04-14

The Spectator, 7 Apr. 1860, pp. 330-331
1860-04-07

Westminster Review, vol. 65, Jan. 1884, pp. 151-62
1884-01 (Jan)
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