Fiction by George Eliot


Below, you will find the full-text Cabinet Edition set of George Eliot's Works, published in London and Edinburgh by William Blackwood and Sons in 1878. This complete collection, published two years before Eliot's death, represents the final corrected version of her works. Many subsequent editions have been published, with the Cabinet Edition as their foundation, which continues to be the scholarly standard for citing Eliot’s words.

The digitized Cabinet Edition texts remain the best option for accurate quotations and has the additional benefit of being searchable, downloadable, and freely available to anyone with internet access. When you are quoting from Eliot's works in the body of your writing, consider using a short version of the novel title, the volume number, and the page number(s). Adam Bede, for example, could be (AB 1: 55) with a Daniel Deronda quotation cited as (DD 3: 144).

Please cite the George Eliot Archive as you would any other edited collection, adding "George Eliot Archive, edited by Beverley Park Rilett" along with our website address, in your list of references. This shows which collection you used and helps others find us--our ability to offer free, open access scholarship and research resources on George Eliot may depend on citations and measures of usage. 

We have added first edition publications to facilitate comparison between the first and final published versions. For George Eliot's Cabinet Edition novels, we are adding open-source text visualization tools, Stéfan Sinclair, who passed in 2020, was principal designer and programmer of Voyant Tools. Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta, is currently the project leader, supported by Andrew MacDonald and Cecily Raynor at McGill. We thank them for creating this open-source tool and will be integrating some of the programming into our new Text Explorer visualization tool, moving their front-end program to a back-end design. The program should load faster and crash much less often when it is no longer dependent on the user's computer equipment or wifi connection.