The George Eliot Archive is an extensive resource for anyone studying the Victorian author George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), one of the most highly acclaimed novelists in Western literature.
The Archive provides free access to all of Eliot's writings: the standard "Cabinet Edition" of the novels and short stories, her complete poetry, her translations, and all her non-fiction essays. These documents are searchable and downloadable.
In the Commentary by Contemporaries section, we've collected nearly 1000 documents pertaining to George Eliot, including reviews of her works, early biographical studies by those who knew her, and newspaper clippings about her.
Our About George Eliot section includes data visualizations rather than a typical biographical sketch. Visitors will find a 60,000-word interactive chronology and interactive maps to show the sites and routes of Eliot's travels to Italy; in our next phase, we intend to map Eliot's English, Spanish, and German travels as well. Also in the pipeline is an interactive relationship web or social network visualization that will display Eliot's ties to family, friends, and business associates, including brief summaries, portraits, and an index of pertinent letters in the 9 volumes of the George Eliot Letters.
Our long-term goal is to provide access to all of Eliot’s journals and to all the extant correspondence. We've started by digitizing the 894 letters published by John Cross in 1885, making them individually searchable by date and recipient and we have hundreds more in process. We intend to link the digitized letters to the chronology references and relationship web subjects.
For the fist complete collection of the portraits of George Eliot created during her lifetime, see our George Eliot Portrait Gallery and for the first collection of illustrations from her works, collected over many years from rare editions, see the Illustrations Gallery.
The Archive’s newest sister site, George Eliot Scholars is a digital commons where contributors publish their essays, articles, lectures, conference presentations, and other work on Eliot they wish to share to our non-commercial open access public repository.
The Archive’s other sister site, the George Eliot Review Online, makes all issues of the George Eliot Review from its inception in 1970 accessible on the internet for the first time. This open access digital project, launched in December 2017, has been made possible in partnership with the journal’s publishers, the George Eliot Fellowship. For updates on all George Eliot social events, including lectures, conferences, tours of “George Eliot Country,” wreath-laying, memorial tending, preservation plans for Bird Grove and the Visitors' Center at Griff, souvenirs, memberships, donation opportunities, and much more, visit the George Eliot Fellowship website.
The George Eliot Archive, George Eliot Scholars digital commons and George Eliot Review Online, have been developed by Dr. Beverley Park Rilett and her small but mighty team of research assistants, first at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and now at Auburn University in Alabama. Please check back frequently for updates and improvements as we continue to create resources for studying George Eliot. Thank you for visiting!