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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"Daniel Deronda." Graphic, 16 Sept. 1876, p. 279.
1876-09-16

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"Daniel Deronda." Examiner, 2 September 1876, pp. 993-4
1876-09-02

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"Daniel Deronda." The Saturday Review, 16 September 1876, pp. 356-8
1876-09-16

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"Daniel Deronda — Third Part." Nonconformist, 12 Apr. 1876, p. 363.
1876-04-12

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Academy, 5 February 1876, p. 120
1876-02-05

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"Daniel Deronda." The Jewish Chronicle, 15 December 1876, pp. 585-6
1876-12-15

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Athenaeum, 1 July 1876, pp. 14-15
1876-07-01

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"Daniel Deronda." Nonconformist, 31 May 1876, p. 555.
1876-05-31

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"[A Review of] Daniel Deronda." Guardian, 4 Oct. 1876, p. 1812.
1876-10-04

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"Daniel Deronda and the 'Philosopher's Club.'" Boston Daily Advertiser, 19 Aug. 1876.
1876-08-19

James, Henry
Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1876, pp. 684–694.
1876-12 (Dec.)

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"Death of 'George Eliot.'" London Daily News, 24 Dec. 1880, p. 5.
1880-12-24

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

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

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"Dickens and the Queen." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 5 Nov. 1887, p. 2.
1887-11-05

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"Dignity of Humble Lives." Daily Inter Ocean, 2 Apr. 1881, p. 13.
1881-04-02

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"Dinah Morris." Daily Evening Bulletin, 29 Jan. 1881, p. 3.
1881-01-29

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

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

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"Dr. Adler on 'Daniel Deronda.'" Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 Dec. 1876, p. 6.
1876-12-12

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"Dr. Adler on 'Daniel Deronda.'" Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 Dec. 1876, p. 6.
1876-12-12

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

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"Echoes of the Week." Illustrated London News, 20 May 1865.
1865-05-20

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

Robertson, James Craigie
Robertson, James Craigie. Eliot's Novels. The Quarterly Review, Oct. 1860, pp. 469–499.
1860-10 (Oct)

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"Elizabeth Stuart Phelps on George Eliot." Inter Ocean, 28 Nov. 1876, p. 7.
1876-11-28

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

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"English Literature in France." Star; Guernsey, 24 Feb. 1883.
1883-02-24

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

Robertson, Eric S.
Robertson, Eric S., English Poetesses. Cassell and Company, 1883, Pgs. 326-334.
1883

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"Epitome of Opinion." Pall Mall Gazette, 24 Dec. 1880, p. 2.
1880-12-24

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"Essays and Leaves from a Note-book." Daily Evening Bulletin, 10 May 1884.
1884-05-10

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"[A Review of] Essays on Some of the Modern Guides of English Though in Matters of Faith. " The Guardian, 4 Jan. 1888, p. 20.
1888-01-04

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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"Estimate of 'George Eliot.'" St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 27 Dec. 1880, p. 7.
1880-12-27

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"Estimate of 'George Eliot.'" St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 27 Dec. 1880, p. 7.
1880-12-27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F. C.
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

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

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"Feminine Fancies, Foibles, and Fashions." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 6 Mar. 1880, p. 1.
1880-03-06
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