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.

Samuel Lucas
The Times, 2 Jan. 1858, p. 9.
1858-1-2

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

Geraldine Jewsbury
The Athenaeum, 26 Feb. 1859, p. 284.
1859-2-26

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

John Chapman
Westminster Review [American Edition], vol. 71, Apr. 1859, pp. 269–283.
1859-4 (Apr)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. W. Lucas Collins
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 611–623.
1860-5 (May)

Rev. W. Lucas Collins
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 611–623.
1860-5 (May)

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

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

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

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

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

R. H. Hutton
The Spectator, 18 July 1863.
1863-7-18

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

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

John Morley
Macmillan's Magazine, May 1866, pp. 272–279.
1866-5 (May)

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

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

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)

Henry James
The Nation, 16 Aug. 1866, pp. 127–128.
1866-8-16

H. H. Lancaster
The North British Review, Sept. 1866, pp. 197–228.
1866-9 (Sept)

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

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

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

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

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

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

R. H. Hutton
The Spectator, 1 June 1872.
1872-6-1

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

R. H. Hutton
British Quarterly Review, vol. 57, 1873, pp. 407–429.
1873

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

Sidney Colvin
The Fortnightly Review, vol. 19, Jan. 1873, pp. 142–147.
1873-1 (Jan)

Richard Monckton Milnes
Edinburgh Review [American Review], Jan. 1873, pp. 126–135.
1873-1 (Jan)

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

Henry James
The Galaxy, Mar. 1873, pp. 424–428.
1873-3 (Mar)

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

Robert Laing
The Quarterly Review, Apr. 1873, pp. 336–369.
1873-4 (Apr)
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