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

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"Literary." Cleveland Daily Leader, 24 May 1866.
1866-05-24

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

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"Echoes of the Week." Illustrated London News, 23 Jun. 1866.
1866-06-23

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 26 June 1866, p. 6.
1866-06-26

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

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

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"Felix Holt." Pall Mall Gazette, 5 Jul. 1866.
1866-07-05

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"The Literary Examiner." Examiner, 7 Jul 1866.
1866-07-07

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"Current Literature." Illustrated London News, 14 Jul. 1866, p. 43.
1866-07-14

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

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"Literature." Derby Mercury, 18 July 1866, p. 6.
1866-07-18

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"Felix Holt" The Nonconformist, 25 July 1866, p. 606.
1866-07-25

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F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 7 Aug. 1866, p. 6.
1866-08-07

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"A Word About the Quinns-- And Books." Edgefield Advertiser, 8 Aug, 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-08

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F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 14 Aug. 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-14

F. C.
F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 14 Aug. 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-14

James, Henry
The Nation, 16 Aug. 1866, pp. 127–128.
1866-08-16

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

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"About Literature and the Arts." Northampton Mercury, 29 Sept. 1866, p. 3.
1866-09-29

James, Henry
Atlantic Monthly, Oct. 1866, vol. 18, pp. 479–492.
1866-10 (Oct)

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

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

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

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

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"The Literary Lounger: The Magazines." Illustrated Times, 22 Jun. 1867, p. 395.
1867-06-22

James, Henry
James, Henry. Review of the Spanish Gypsy. Nation, Vol. 7, 1868, Pgs. 12-14
1868

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"News." Dundee Courier and Argus, 21 Apr. 1868.
1868-04-21

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

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"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, A Poem." London Express, 30 May 1868, p. 1.
1868-05-30

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"The Spanish Gypsy." Chicago Tribune, 14 Jun. 1868.
1868-06-14

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"Varieties." Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 19 June 1868, p. 3.
1868-06-19

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"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, a Poem." Guardian, 24 Jun. 1868, p. 720.
1868-06-24

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"The Spanish Gypsy." Chicago Tribune, 22 Jul. 1868.
1868-07-22

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"England." Boston Daily Advertiser, 7 Nov. 1868.
1868-11-07

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"Books." The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1 Apr. 1869, p. 215.
1869-04-01

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

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

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"Multiple News Items." Dundee Courier and Argus, 28 Feb. 1870.
1870-02-28

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"The Legend of Jubal." London Daily News, 5 May 1870, p. 5.
1870-05-05

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"Choice Bits." Penny Illustrated Paper, 8 Jul. 1871, p. 7.
1871-07-08

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"George Eliot's Armgart." Nonconformist, 12 Jul. 1871, p. 693.
1871-07-12

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

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

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

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

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

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"George Eliot's New Novel." The Standard, 2 Dec. 1871.
1871-12-02

The Observer, 17 December 1871
1871-12-17
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