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)


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

Kebbel, T. E.
Fraser's Magazine, Feb. 1881, pp. 263–276.
1881-02 (Feb)

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

Mulock, Dinah
Mulock, Dinah. To Novelists - And a Novelist, Macmillan's Magazine, April 1861, pp. 441-8
1861-04 (April)

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

Aveling, Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling
Westminster Review, vol. 125, Jan. 1886, pp. 207–222.
1886-01 (Jan)

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

Davidson, Hannah Amelia
Study Guide Series, 1897.
1897

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 29 July 1876.
1876-07-29

"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, A Poem." London Express, 30 May 1868, p. 1.
1868-05-30

"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, a Poem." Guardian, 24 Jun. 1868, p. 720.
1868-06-24

Courthope, W. J.
The Quarterly Review, vol. 147, Jan. 1879, pp. 81–112.
1879-01 (Jan)

"The Periodicals-July." The Nonconformist, 11 July 1860, p. 557.
1860-07-11

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

Louch, Thomas
Louch, Thomas. "The Novels of George Eliot." Victorian Express, 19 Mar. 1887, p. 6.
1887-03-19

James, Henry
Atlantic Monthly, Oct. 1866, vol. 18, pp. 479–492.
1866-10 (Oct)

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

Henry, Maria Louise
Henry, Maria Louise. “The Morality of Thackeray and George Eliot.” Atlantic Monthly 51, Feb. 1883, pp. 243-248.
1882-02(Feb)

Wedgwood, Julia
The Contemporary Review, 1 Jan. 1881, pp. 173–185.
1881-01 (Jan)

Stephen, Leslie
Cornhill Magazine, Jan. 1881, pp. 34–50.
1881-01 (Jan)

"[A Review of] The Mill and the Floss." Illustrated Times, 2 Jun. 1860, p. 345.
1860-06-02

Athenaeum, 7 April 1860, pp. 467-68
1860-04-07

British Controversialist and Literary Magazine, 1860, pp. 412-16
1860

The Saturday Review, 7 April 1860, pp. 471-2
1860-04-14

The Spectator, 7 Apr. 1860, pp. 330-331
1860-04-07

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 19 May 1860, p. 10.
1860-05-19

Collins, Rev. W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 611–623.
1860-05 (May)

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 1 June 1872.
1872-06-01

"The Literary Lounger: The Magazines." Illustrated Times, 22 Jun. 1867, p. 395.
1867-06-22

"The Legend of Jubal." London Daily News, 5 May 1870, p. 5.
1870-05-05

"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

"The Impressions of Theophrastus Such." London Echo, 21 Aug. 1879, p. 4.
1879-08-21

Hutton, R. H.
The Spectator, 10 June 1876.
1876-06-10

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

Westminster Review, vol. 65, Jan. 1884, pp. 151-62
1884-01 (Jan)

Sheppard, Nathan
Sheppard, Nathan. The Essays of George Eliot. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Publishers, 1883
1883

"The Encyclopedia Britannica: The Third New Volume." Standard, 11 Jul. 1902, p. 4.
1902-07-11

Kingsley, Rose G.
Kingsley, Rose G. “The Country of George Eliot.” Century Magazine 30, 1885, pp. 339-52.
1885

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

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)

White, William Hale
Rutherford, Mark. The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford. Edited by Reuben Shapcott, 11th ed., T. Fisher Unwin, 1884.
1884

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

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

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

The Saturday Review, 13 April 1861, pp. 369-70
1861-04-13

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 29 Apr. 1861, p. 12.
1861-04-29

British Controversialist and Literary Magazine, 1859, pp. 268-73
1859

Seguin, Lisbeth Gooch
A. Strahan, 1888.
1888
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