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. 


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"A Valuable Book." Boston Investigator, 11 Apr. 1855.
1855-04-11

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"Standard Liberal Works, For Sale at the Investigator Office." Boston Investigator, 10 Dec. 1856.
1856-12-10

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

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"Notices of New Publications." New York Herald, 21 Feb. 1858, p. 1.
1858-02-21

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

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"Adam Bede." John Bull and Britannia, 12 Feb. 1859, p. 107.
1859-02-12

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

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

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"Adam Bede." Economist, 5 Mar. 1859, pp. 256-257.
1859-03-05

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"Book Notices." Evening Star, 28 Mar. 1859.
1859-03-28

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

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

George Eliot
Eliot, George. "Adam Bede." Times, 16 Apr. 1859, p. 7.
1859-04-16

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

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"Harper & Bros." New York Herald, 5 Aug. 1859.
1859-08-05

George Eliot
Eliot, George. "Adam Bede." Times, 2 Dec. 1859, p. 10.
1859-12-02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Literary Review." John Bill and Britannia, 14 Apr. 1860, pp. 235-236.
1860-04-14

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"Literature." Glasgow Herald, 18 Apr. 1860.
1860-04-18

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"George Eliot and the Passionate School of Female Novelists." Westmorland Gazette and Kendal Advertiser, 21 Apr. 1860, p. 3.
1860-04-21

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"George Eliot and the Passionate School of Female Novelists." Westmorland Gazette, 21 Apr. 1860, p. 3.
1860-04-21

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)

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"The Book of the Month." Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1 May 1860, p. 44-47.
1860-05-01

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"[Review of the] Mill on the Floss." Economist, 12 May 1860, p. 509-511.
1860-05-12

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

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"[A Review of] The Mill and the Floss." Illustrated Times, 2 Jun. 1860, p. 345.
1860-06-02

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"The Literary Examiner." Examiner, 16 Jun. 1860.
1860-06-16

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"The Periodicals-July." The Nonconformist, 11 July 1860, p. 557.
1860-07-11

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

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

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

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"General Literature." Economist, 27 Apr. 1861, pp. 455-457.
1861-04-27

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

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"Literature, Science and Art." Woolmer's Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 25 Oct. 1861, p. 3.
1861-10-25

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"Literature, Science and Art." Woolmer's Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 6 Dec. 1861, p. 3.
1861-12-06

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

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

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

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"Current Literature." Illustrated London News, 18 Jul. 1863, p. 74.
1863-07-18

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

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"News." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 18 Nov. 1864, p. 2.
1864-11-18

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"Echoes of the Week." Illustrated London News, 20 May 1865.
1865-05-20

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