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. 


B. N. C.
B. N. C. "George Eliot's Novels." Calcutta Review, p. 78-89.
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George Eliot and Personal Responsibility, Six Nineteenth-Century Fictionists, Pgs. 40-61
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"Wickham Bishops." Essex Chronicle, 5 Dec. 1930, p. 12.
1930-12-05

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"A Link with 'Mr. Gilfil's Love Story.'" Tamworth Herald, 21 June 1924, p. 3.
1924-06-21

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"Hull's Literary Outlook." Hull Daily Mail, 1 Apr. 1924, p. 7.
1924-04-01

Unknown
"'George Eliot." Hull Daily Mail, 19 Dec. 1923, p. 2.
1923-12-19

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"Felsted." Chelmsford Chronicle, 2 Nov. 1923, p. 7.
1923-11-02

Unknown
"Diamond Jubilee of 'Romola.'" Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, 20 Jul. 1923, p. 5.
1923-07-20

Unknown
"Interesting Link with 'Adam Bede.'" Tamworth Herald, 31 Mar. 1923, p. 3.
1923-03-31

Unknown
"Wilnecote." Tamworth Herald, 10 Mar. 1923, p. 5.
1923-03-10

Unknown
"Pendeen." Cornishman, 24 Jan. 1923, p. 3.
1923-01-24

Tomlinson, May
Tomlinson, May. “The Beginning of George Eliot’s Art: A Study of Scenes of Clerical Life.” Sewanee Review 27, July 1919, pp. 320-329.
1919-07(July)

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"Adam Bede's Cottage." Hull Daily Mail, 9 Oct. 1918, p. 3.
1918-10-09

Tomlinson, May
Tomlinson, May. “Dodsons and Tullivers.” Sewanee Review 26 July 1918, pp. 319-27.
1918-07(July)

Johnson, R. Brimley
Johnson, R. Brimley. The Great Four. London [etc.] W. Collins sons & co., ltd. 1918, Pgs. 226-244.
1918

Johnson, R. Brimley
Johnson, R. Brimley. The Great Four. London [etc.] W. Collins sons & co., ltd. 1918, Pgs. 204-225.
1918

Tomlinson, May
Tomlinson, May. “Rosamond and Lydgate.” South Atlantic Quarterly 17, 1918, pp. 320-29.
1918

Tomlinson, May
Tomlinson, May. “Rosamond and Lydgate.” South Atlantic Quarterly 17, 1918, pp. 320-29.
1918

Unknown
"Screen Jottings." Hull Daily Mail, 11 May 1917, p. 5.
1917-05-11

Berle, Lina Wright
Mitchell Kennerley, 1917.
1917

Unknown
"Woman's and Lover's Calendars." Cornishman, 23 Dec. 1915, p. 2.
1915-12-23

Brock, Ashford
Brock, Ashford. "The Bookmarker." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 17 Apr. 1914, p. 9.
1914-04-17

Unknown
"Nuneaton and the Memory of 'George Eliot.'" Tamworth Herald, 27 Dec. 1913, p. 6.
1913-12-27

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"News." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 18 Oct. 1913, p. 6.
1913-10-18

Byron, May Clarissa Gillington
1912?

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"Memories of Old Surrey." Standard, 25 Jul. 1911, p. 12.
1911-07-25

Olcott, Charles S.
Olcott, Charles S., George Eliot: Scenes and People in Her Novels, London ; Cassell, 1911.
1911

Unknown
"Wisdom About Women." Hull Daily Mail, 27 Dec. 1910, p. 8.
1910-12-27

Olcott, Charles S.
Olcott, Charles S. "George Eliot: Scenes and People In her Novels." Cassell, 1910.
1910

Unknown
"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 Sept. 1909, p. 11.
1909-09-25

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot (Continued)." Kentish Mail Greenwich And Deptford Observer, 19 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-19

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot." Kentish Mail Greenwich and Deptford Observer, 12 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-12

Unknown
"To-day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9 Mar. 1909, p. 9.
1909-03-09

Unknown
"Thoughts for Quiet Moments." Hull Daily Mail, 9 Jan. 1909, p. 2.
1909-01-09

Unknown
"Thoughts for Quiet Moments." Hull Daily Mail, 26 Sept. 1908, p. 5.
1908-09-26

Unknown
"Goole and District Mems." Hull Daily Mail, 20 Feb. 1908, p. 8.
1908-02-20

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"Manchester Literary Club." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 26 Nov. 1907, p. 10.
1907-11-26

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"To-day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 18 Nov. 1907, p. 3.
1907-11-18

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"To Day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 July 1907, p. 10.
1907-07-12

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"Gone!" Hull Daily Mail, 27 June 1907, p. 3.
1907-06-27

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"A George Eliot Memorial." Tamworth Herald, 8 June 1907, p. 2.
1907-06-08

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"A New Midland Industry." Tamworth Herald, 18 May 1907, p. 7.
1907-05-18

Unknown
"Cambridge University Local Lectures." Cornishman, 22 Nov. 1906, p. 2.
1906-11-22

Mottram, William
Mottram, William, George Eliot, and George Eliot. The True Story of George Eliot In Relation to "Adam Bede": Giving the Real Life History of the More Prominent Characters. American ed. Chicago: McClurg, 1906.
1906-10-13

Unknown
"Instinctive Horror." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13 Apr. 1906, p. 8.
1906-04-13

Unknown
"'Cheverel Manor." Tamworth Herald, 6 Jan. 1906, p. 7.
1906-01-06

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"No Great Poet." Western Times, 24 Oct. 1905, p. 3.
1905-10-24

Unknown
"Corporation Trading: Anti-Municipal Crusade." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 14 Oct. 1905, p. 4.
1905-10-14

Author Unknown [R. W. L.]
[R. W. L.] "The Book World: Women Novelist of To-Day." Black And White, 01 Oct. 1904, p. 484.
1904-10-01

Unknown
"The Popularity-monger." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 June 1904, p. 2.
1904-06-25
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