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. 


F. D. U.
F. D. U. "'George Eliot' and Wirksworth." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 23 May 1904, p. 7.
1904-05-23

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"Mr. Herbert Spencer's Autobiography." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 31 Mar. 1904, p. 9.
1904-03-31

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"George Eliot." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 21 Nov. 1903, p. 2.
1903-11-21

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"George Eliot." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 23 Oct. 1903, p. 1.
1903-10-23

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

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

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"Three Women Novelists." Westminster Budget, 6 Mar. 1903, p. 23.
1903-03-06

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"Old Novels and New." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 31 Oct. 1902, p. 6.
1902-10-31

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[A. R.] "George Eliot." Westminster Budget, 18 Jul. 1902, p. 21.
1902-07-18

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"The French George Eliot." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 10 Jan. 1902, p. 4.
1902-01-10

Stephen, Leslie
Stephen, Leslie. George Eliot. London, Macmillan & co. ltd, 1902.
1902

Stephen, Leslie
Stephen, Leslie. George Eliot. Macmillan & Co., 1902.
1902

Hyatt, Alfred
Hyatt, Alfred. "Arts and Letters." London Middlesex Gazette, 12 Oct. 1901, p. 7.
1901-10-12

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"A Reviving Fame." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 June 1901, p. 4.
1901-06-12

Howells, W.D.
Howells, W.D., Heroines of Fiction, Harper and Brothers Publishing, New York & London 1901, Pgs. 102-113.
1901

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"St. Paul's Literary Society: Miss Serrell's Paper." Mercury and Observer, 20 Oct. 1900, p. 5.
1900-10-20

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"Victorian Novelists." St. James's Gazette, 27 Jan. 1900, p. 12.
1900-01-27

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London Independent, 16 Nov. 1899, p. 2.
1899-11-16

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

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"The Humour of George Eliot." Blackburn Weekly Standard and Express, 27 May 1899, p. 9.
1899-05-27

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

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"Eyes in Fiction." St. James's Gazette, 13 Oct. 1898, p. 12.
1898-10-13

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

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"Scenes of Clerical Life." Hull Daily Mail, 8 Sept. 1897, p. 5.
1897-09-08

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"Our London Letter." Bristol Times and Mirror, 8 Sept. 1897, p. 8.
1897-09-08

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"George Eliot Criticised." London Mid Surrey Times and General Advertiser, 7 Aug. 1897, p. 3.
1897-08-07

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"The Literary Competition." Aberdeen Journal, 17 Feb. 1897, p. 2.
1897-02-17

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"Women Who Shine." Dundee Courier and Argus, 8 Feb. 1897, p. 6.
1897-02-08

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"Adam Bede." Herald, 2 Jan. 1897, p. 1.
1897-01-02

Davidson, Hannah Amelia
Davidson, Hannah Amelia. The Study of Romola. Study Guide Series, 1897.
1897

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

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"Analytic Study of Literature." Galveston Daily News, 7 Nov. 1896.
1896-11-07

B. A. B.
B. A. B. "Worth the Reading." Morning Oregonian, 6 Sept. 1896, p. 12.
1896-09-06

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"The Influence of George Eliot's Later Novels." Guardian, 3 Jun. 1896, p. 867.
1896-06-03

Author Unknown [M. E. C.]
[M. E. C.] "The Influence of George Eliot's Early Novels." The Guardian, 27 May 1896, p. 830.
1896-05-27

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

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"Notes." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 30 Jan. 1896, p. 7.
1896-01-30

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"Books Receiver." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 29 Jan. 1896, p. 8.
1896-01-29

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"Literary Notices." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 15 Jan. 1896, p. 6.
1896-01-15

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 25 Dec. 1895, p. 3.
1895-12-25

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13 Dec. 1895, p. 8.
1895-12-13

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"New Books of Yesterday." Glasgow Herald, 11 Dec. 1895, p. 10.
1895-12-11

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 29 Nov. 1895, p. 3.
1895-11-29

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"Some 'New' Humourists." Independent and Nonconformists, 14 Nov. 1895, p. 381.
1895-11-14

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"George Eliot's Influence." Newcastle Courant, 19 Oct. 1895, p. 2.
1895-10-19

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"Concerning Four Great Writers." St. James's Gazette, 17 Oct. 1895, p. 5.
1895-10-17

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 15 Oct. 1895, p. 3.
1895-10-15

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"Alas for Brains." Leeds Times, 5 Oct. 1895, p. 6.
1895-10-05

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"Alas for Brains." Leed's Times, 5 Oct. 1895, p. 6.
1895-10-05

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 11 Sept. 1895, p. 8.
1895-09-11