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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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 11 Sept. 1895, p. 8.
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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 11 Sept. 1895, p. 3.
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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 14 Aug. 1895, p. 3.
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"Notes." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 10 July 1895, p. 8.
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"Multiple News Items." Standard, 24 June 1895, p. 3.
1895-06-24

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"Saturday's New Books." Standard, 17 June 1895, p. 3.
1895-06-17

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 15 June 1895, p. 5.
1895-06-15

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 24 May 1895, p. 3.
1895-05-24

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"Literary Notices." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 8 May 1895, p. 6.
1895-05-08

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 23 Apr. 1895, p. 3.
1895-04-23

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"The Old Fiction: Some Facts about Adam Bede." Westminster Budget, 19 April 1895, p. 13.
1895-04-19

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 9 Apr. 1895, p. 3.
1895-04-09

Lilly, W. S.
Lilly, W. S. "George Eliot as a Humourist." Huddersfield Chronicle, 4 Feb. 1895, p. 4.
1895-02-04

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"George Eliot as a Humorists." Daily News, 1 Feb. 1895, p. 8.
1895-02-01

Harrison, Frederic
Harrison, Frederic. Studies in Victorian Literature. Edward Arnold, copyright 1895, Pgs. 205-224.
1895

Parkes, Bessie Rayner [Belloc]
Belloc, Bessie Rayner. "Dorothea Casaubon and George Eliot." In a Walled Garden. Macmillan & Co., 1895, pp. 1-24.
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"A Traveller's Experiences in the George Eliot Country." Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury, 9 June 1894, p. 3.
1894-06-09

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

Parkes, Bessie Rayner
Bessie Rayner Parkes, Dorothea Casaubon and George Eliot, Contemporary Review, Vol. LXV. Jan-June, 1894.
1894

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Eliot, George. "Despair." Atchison Daily Globe, 25 Aug. 1893.
1893-08-25

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

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"News." Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, 6 May 1893, p. 2.
1893-05-06

Smith, George Barnett
Smith, George Barnett. Women of Renown. Wyman and Sons, Limited, Printers, London and Redhill 1893, Pgs. 85-117.
1893

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

Swinburne, Algernon
Swinburne, Algernon. Fortnightly Review, Vol. 58, Pgs. 830-833
1892

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

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"Rayleigh." Essex Newsman, 19 Dec. 1891, p. 4.
1891-12-19

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

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"Withernsea." Hull Daily Mail, 5 Nov. 1891, p. 4.
1891-11-05

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"Guille-Allés Library." Star; Guernsey, 22 Oct. 1891.
1891-10-22

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"The Manuscripts of George Eliot's Works." Pall Mall Gazette, 14 Aug. 1891, p. 3.
1891-08-14

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"Authors and Their Heroes and Heroines." Daily Picayune, 28 Jun. 1891, p. 12.
1891-06-28

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"Literature, Science, & Art." Bucks Herald, 27 June 1891, p. 3.
1891-06-27

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"Yesterday’s Publications." Standard, 21 Apr. 1891, p. 3.
1891-04-21

Hutton, R.H.
Hutton, R.H. Essays on Some of the Modern Guides to English Thought in Matters of Faith. London Macmillan and Co. 1891, Pgs. 153-310.
1891

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"The Poem of Life." Daily Picayune, 28 Dec. 1890, p. 12.
1890-12-28

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"Lecture by Dr. Talbot on 'Middlemarch.'" Leeds Mercury, 25 Nov. 1890, p. 8.
1890-11-25

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"Chips." North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 31 Oct. 1890.
1890-10-31

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"Museum and Library." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 23 Jan. 1890, p. 3.
1890-01-23

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"Recognition of the Rev. J. Spanswick at Longford." Northampton Mercury, 14 Sept. 1889, p. 6.
1889-09-14

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"Shepperton Church." Birmingham Daily Post, 3 Aug. 1889, p. 4.
1889-08-03

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E. W. B. "'Shepperton Church'." Standard, 2 Aug. 1889, p. 3.
1889-08-02

Chadwick, R.
Chadwick, R. "Shepperton Church." Standard, 31 July 1889, p. 3.
1889-07-31

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"English Men and Women of Letters of the 19th Century." Atlanta, 1 Jul. 1889, p. 681-685.
1889-07-01

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

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"Accuracy and Tolerance." Rocky Mountain News, 22 Jan. 1889, p. 2.
1889-01-22

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"Dramatic and Musical." Northampton Mercury, 23 June 1888, p. 2.
1888-06-23

Tozer, F. Eustace
Tozer, F. Eustace. "A Literary Study: George Eliot." Leeds Mercury, 2 June 1888, p. 1.
1888-06-02

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"Jews in Fiction — III: Daniel Deronda." Jewish Standard, 23 Mar. 1888, p. 3.
1888-03-23

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"New Books and New Editions." St. James's Gazette, 21 Feb. 1888, p. 7.
1888-02-21
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