Commentary by Contemporaries

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. The George Eliot Archive has collected most of the reviews of Eliot’s works written by her contemporaries, as well as the early biographies and studies of her life. Most significant is the biography written by her husband, John Walter Cross, which includes many of Eliot's letters and journal entries. Visitors will also find reviews of Cross's biography and later tributes written by authors whose own work was influenced by Eliot’s, including Henry James and Virginia Woolf.

"Mark Rutherford" (William Hale White)
Oxford University Press, 1915.
1915

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

Alexander Allardyce
Blackwood's Magazine, Feb. 1881, pp. 255–268.
1881-2 (Feb)

Annie Adams Fields
Century Magazine, vol. 58, Jul. 1899, pp. 442-446
1899-7 (July)

Author Unknown
The Morning Chronicle, 28 Feb. 1859, p. 6
1859-2-28

Author Unknown
Westminster Review, vol. 124, July 1885, pp. 161-208
1885-7 (July)

Author Unknown
British Quarterly Review, vol. 81, Apr. 1885, pp. 316-33
1885-4 (Apr)

Author Unknown
Westminster Review, vol. 65, Jan. 1884, pp. 151-62
1884-1 (Jan)

Author Unknown
The Spectator, 7 Apr. 1860, pp. 330-331
1860-4-7

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 14 April 1860, pp. 471-2
1860-4-14

Author Unknown
The Leader, 14 April 1860, pp. 355-6
1860-4-14

Author Unknown
The Atlas, 14 April 1860, pp. 290-2
1860-4-14

Author Unknown
Macmillan's Magazine, April 1861, pp. 441-8
1861-4 (April)

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 13 April 1861, pp. 369-70
1861-4-13

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 16 June 1866, pp. 722-4
1866-6-16

Author Unknown
Blackwood's Magazine, July 1866, pp. 94-109
1866-7 (July)

Author Unknown
Westminster Review, July 1866, pp. 200-207
1866-7 (July)

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

Author Unknown
The Examiner, 7 December 1872, pp. 1204-5
1872-12-7

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 7 December 1872, pp. 733-4
1872-12-7

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 21 December 1872, pp. 796
1872-12-21

Author Unknown
The Edinburgh Review, January 1873, pp. 246-63
1873-1 (Jan)

Author Unknown
The Westminster Review, January 1882, pp. 65-81
1882-1 (Jan)

Author Unknown
The Observer, 17 December 1871
1871-12-17

Author Unknown
The Academy, 5 February 1876, pp. 120
1876-2-5

Author Unknown
The Examiner, 2 September 1876, pp. 993-4
1876-9-2

Author Unknown
The Saturday Review, 16 September 1876, pp. 356-8
1876-9-16

Author Unknown
The Jewish Chronicle, 15 December 1876, pp. 585-6
1876-12-15

Author Unknown
The Westminster Review, vol. 54, July 1878, pp. 105-35
1878-7 (July)

Author Unknown
The Athenaeum, 11 July 1863, p. 46
1863-7-11

Author Unknown
The Westminster Review, October 1863, pp. 344-52
1863-10 (Oct)

Author Unknown
The Academy, vol. 18, 24 December 1880, pp. 460
1880-12-24

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

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

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 7 April 1860, pp. 467-68
1860-4-7

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 7 December 1872, pp. 725-26
1872-12-7

Author Unknown
Athenaeum, 1 July 1876, pp. 14-15
1876-7-1

Author Unknown
British Quarterly Review, vol. 45, 1867, pp. 141-78
1867

Author Unknown
London Quarterly and Holborn Review, vol. 40, 1873, pp. 99-110
1873

Author Unknown
Saturday Review, vol. 135, 29 May 1858, pp. 566-7
1859-5-29

Bessie Rayner Belloc
Ward & Downey, 1895.
1895

Charles Bray
Longman, Greens, and Co., 1884
1884

E. B. Hamley
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 137, Feb. 1885, pp. 155–176.
1885-2 (Feb)

E. S. Dallas
The Times, 12 Apr. 1859, p. 5.
1859-4-12

E. S. Dallas
The Times, 19 May 1860, p. 10.
1860-5-19

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

E. S. Dallas
The Times, 29 Apr. 1861, p. 12.
1861-4-29

Edith Simcox
The Nineteenth Century, May 1881, pp. 778–801.
1881-5 (May)

Edward Dowden
 The Academy, no. 666, 7 Feb. 1885, pp. 89–91.
1885-2-7

Edward Dowden
The Contemporary Review, vol. 20, Aug. 1872, pp. 403–422.
1872-8 (Aug)
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