Contemporaries on GE'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. For example, For example, we've curated forty reviews of Middlemarch alone, approximately twice as many as previously identified. Nonetheless, we have relied on the work of previous editors as our starting point.

If you are looking for something specific and don't see it, please let us know. (Email Bev at brilett2@unl.edu)


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

Woolson, Abba Gould
Harper, 1886.
1886

Woolson, Abba Gould
Woolson, Abba Gould. George Eliot and Her Heroines: A Study. New York, Harper Gamp; brothers, 1886.
1886

Kaufmann, David (translated from the German by J. W. Ferrier)
William Blackwood and Sons, 1878
Second Edition
1878

Ferrier, J.W. & David Kaufmann
Ferrier, J.W. & David Kaufmann. George Eliot and Judaism: an Attempt to Appreciate "Daniel Deronda." Edinburgh, W. Blackwood and Sons, 1878.
1878

George Eliot and Personal Responsibility, Six Nineteenth-Century Fictionists, Pgs. 40-61
NA

"George Eliot and the Jews." London Echo, 31 Dec. 1880, p. 2.
1880-12-31

Berle, Lina Wright
Mitchell Kennerley, 1917.
1917

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

Westminster Review, January 1882, pp. 65-81
1882-01 (Jan)

Westminster Review, vol. 54, July 1878, pp. 105-35
1878-07 (July)

Bell, James
Bell, James. George Eliot as a Novelist. Aberdeen: Walker & Company 1888, Pgs. 5-72.
1888

Agnus, Joseph
Westminster Review, Jan 1872, p. 131-2
1872-01 (Jan)

"George Eliot in Derbyshire." Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, 1 Oct. 1876, p. 5.
1876-10-01

Smith, George Barnett
Smith, George Barnett. George Eliot in Derbyshire. London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row, 1876, Pgs. 1-91.
1876

"[A Review of] George Eliot: A Critical Study of her Life, Writings, and Philosophy." Guardian, 27 Dec. 1883, p. 1963.
1883-12-27

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

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

Lonsdale, Margaret
Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1886.
1886

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

"George Eliot's Essays." The Edinburgh Courant, 23 Feb. 1884, p. 2.
1884-02-22

Nonconformist and Independent, 28 Feb. 1884, p. 209.
1884-02-28

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 12 Feb. 1876.
1876-02-12

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

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

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

Standard [London], 2 Dec 1872, p. 5
1872-12-02

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

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

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

"George Eliot's New Story." Nonconformist, 2 Feb. 1876, p. 110.
1876-02-02

"George Eliot's New Story." Standard, 15 Feb. 1872, p. 2.
1872-02-15

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

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

Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth
Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
1885

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

Parkes, Bessie Rayner [Belloc]
Ward & Downey, 1895.
1895

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

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

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

"Literary, Artistic, and Scientific." London Week's News, 8 Jul. 1876, p. 875.
1876-07-08

"London, Friday, Dec. 11." London Daily News, 11 Dec.1874, p. 4.
1874-12-11

"Magazines for March." London Magnet, 16 Mar. 1885, p. 6.
1885-03-16

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

Broome, Frederick Napier
The Times, 7 Mar. 1873, p. 3.
1873-03-07

Collins, W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 112, Dec. 1872, pp. 727–745.
1872-12 (Dec)

Colvin, Sidney
Fortnightly Review, vol. 19, Jan. 1873, pp. 142–147.
1873-01 (Jan)

James, Henry
The Galaxy, Mar. 1873, pp. 424–428.
1873-03 (Mar)

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

Examiner, 7 December 1872, pp. 1204-5
1872-12-07
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