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.

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

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

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

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

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

R. R. Bowker
International Review, IV, Jan. 1877, pp. 68–76.
1877-1 (Jan)

Sidney Colvin
The Fortnightly Review, vol. 26, Nov. 1876, pp. 601–616.
1876-11 (Nov)

R. H. Hutton
The Spectator, 8 Apr. 1876.
1876-4-8

George Saintsbury
The Academy, 9 Sept. 1876, pp. 253–254.
1876-9-9

Edwin P. Whipple
The North American Review, Jan. 1877, pp. 31–52.
1877-1 (Jan)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Mathilde Blind
1904 (First ed 1883)

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

Eliza Lynn Linton
Women Novelists of Queen Victoria's Reign: A Book of Appreciations, Hurst and Blackett, 1897, pp. 63–115.
1897

Eliza Lynn Linton
Review of George Eliot's Life. Temple Bar, 1 Jan. 1885, pp. 512–524.
1885-1-1

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

George Barnett Smith
Saint Paul's Magazine, May 1873, pp. 592–616.
1873-5 (May)

Leslie Stephen
Macmillan & Co., 1902
1902

Leslie Stephen
Cornhill Magazine, Feb. 1881, pp. 152–168.
1881-2 (Feb)

Virginia Woolf
The Times Literary Supplement, 20 Nov. 1919, pp. 657–658.
1919-11-20

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

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

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

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

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

R. H. Hutton
The Spectator, 12 Feb. 1876.
1876-2-12

Henry James
The Atlantic Monthly, May 1885, vol. 55, pp. 668–678.
1885-5 (May)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bessie Rayner Belloc
Ward & Downey, 1895.
1895

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