Contemporaries on George Eliot's Works

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.

In this section, you will find commentary on Eliot's works published in periodicals during and shortly beyond her lifetime.

The George Eliot Archive offers far more reviews and commentary on Eliot's works than any print volume. As a digital scholarly edition, we are able to continuously expand as new items are identified. We have relied on the work of editors of printed collections as our starting point and continued to build our collection well beyond what has been available. Our digital edition more than quadruples the number of previously collected reviews of Middlemarch, facilitating new avenues of inquiry into the novel's early reception.

We also have an extensive collection of articles reporting on and summarizing lectures presented on George Eliot’s works and on her literary influence within and outside of England. As these documents demonstrate, Eliot's writing garnered widespread acclaim from professional critics and common citizens alike, who generally praised the creativity, wit, complex characters, and the moral philosophy incorporated into her writings.


If you are unable to locate a specific review or article about Eliot's works in this section, please let us know. We'll find it, upload it, and send you the link. 


[A. R.]
[A. R.] "George Eliot." Westminster Budget, 18 Jul. 1902, p. 21.
1902-07-18

[Broome, Frederick Napier]
The Times, 7 Mar. 1873, p. 3.
1873-03-07

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

[G. W. S.]
[G. W. S.]. New York Tribune, 26 Jul. 1875.
1875-07-26

[Hutton, R. H.]
"The Melancholy of 'Middlemarch.'" The Spectator, 1 June 1872, pp.685-687.
1872-06-01

Agnus, Joseph
Agnus, Joseph. "George Eliot has adopted a plan with the publication of Middlemarch..." Westminster Review, Jan 1872, p. 131-2.
1872-01 (Jan)

Author Unknown [M. E. C.]
[M. E. C.] "The Influence of George Eliot's Early Novels." The Guardian, 27 May 1896, p. 830.
1896-05-27

Author Unknown [R. W. L.]
[R. W. L.] "The Book World: Women Novelist of To-Day." Black And White, 01 Oct. 1904, p. 484.
1904-10-01

Aveling, Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling
Westminster Review, vol. 125, Jan. 1886, pp. 207–222.
1886-01 (Jan)

B. A. B.
B. A. B. "Worth the Reading." Morning Oregonian, 6 Sept. 1896, p. 12.
1896-09-06

B. N. C.
B. N. C. "George Eliot's Novels." Calcutta Review, p. 78-89.
NA

Bell, James
Bell, James. George Eliot as a Novelist. Aberdeen: Walker & Company 1888, Pgs. 5-72.
1888

Berle, Lina Wright
Berle, Lina Wright. George Eliot and Thomas Hardy: A Contrast. Mitchell Kennerley, 1917.
1917

Bowker, R. R.
Bowker, R. R. "Daniel Deronda." International Review, IV, Jan. 1877, pp. 68–76.
1877-01 (Jan)

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot." Kentish Mail Greenwich and Deptford Observer, 12 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-12

Boyce, Arthur E.
Boyce, Arthur E. "Letters on Men and Things: On George Eliot (Continued)." Kentish Mail Greenwich And Deptford Observer, 19 Mar. 1909, p. 3.
1909-03-19

Brock, Ashford
Brock, Ashford. "The Bookmarker." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 17 Apr. 1914, p. 9.
1914-04-17

Byron, May Clarissa Gillington
1912?

Chadwick, R.
Chadwick, R. "Shepperton Church." Standard, 31 July 1889, p. 3.
1889-07-31

Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth
Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth. George Eliot's Poetry, and Other Studies. Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
1885

Collins, John Churchton
Collins, John Churchton. Studies in Poetry and Criticism. London, G. Bell and Sons, 1905.
1905

Collins, Rev. W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 611–623.
1860-05 (May)

Collins, Rev. W. Lucas
Blackwood's Magazine, vol. 87, May 1860, pp. 490-504
1860-05 (May)

Colvin, Sidney
Fortnightly Review, vol. 19, Jan. 1873, pp. 142–147.
1873-01 (Jan)

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

Colvin, Sydney
Colvin, Sydney. "Critical Notices." The Fortnightly Review Volume XII. London, Virtue and Co., 1 January 1873, pp. 142-148.
1873-01-01

Courthope, W. J.
The Quarterly Review, vol. 147, Jan. 1879, pp. 81–112.
1879-01 (Jan)

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 12 Apr. 1859, p. 5.
1859-04-12

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 19 May 1860, p. 10.
1860-05-19

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 26 June 1866, p. 6.
1866-06-26

Dallas, E. S.
The Times, 29 Apr. 1861, p. 12.
1861-04-29

Davidson, Hannah Amelia
Davidson, Hannah Amelia. The Study of Romola. Study Guide Series, 1897.
1897

Dickens, Charles
Dickens, Charles. "Charles Dickens and 'George Eliot.'" Portsmouth Evening News, 1 Jan. 1881, p. 3.
1881-01-01

Dickens, Charles
Dickens, Charles. "Mr. Charles Dickens and George Eliot." Morning Post, 1 Jan. 1881, p. 2.
1881-01-01

Dickens, Charles
Dickens, Charles. "Mr. Charles Dickens and George Eliot." Star; Guernsey, 13 Jan. 1881.
1881-01-13

Dickens, Charles
Dickens, Charles. "Charles Dickens and George Eliot." Daily Evening Bulletin, 27 Jan. 1881.
1881-01-27

Dowden, Edward
The Contemporary Review, vol. 20, Aug. 1872, pp. 403–422.
1872-08 (Aug)

Dowden, Edward
Dowden, Edward. The Contemporary Review, Vol. 29, 1877, Pgs. 348-369.
1877

E. W. B.
E. W. B. "'Shepperton Church'." Standard, 2 Aug. 1889, p. 3.
1889-08-02

Eliot, George
Eliot, George. "George Eliot and the Jews." Nottinghamshire Guardian, 7 Jan. 1881, p. 8.
1881-01-07

F. C.
F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 7 Aug. 1866, p. 6.
1866-08-07

F. C.
F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 14 Aug. 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-14

F. C.
F. C. "Felix Holt, the Radical." Western Times, 14 Aug. 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-14

F. D. U.
F. D. U. "'George Eliot' and Wirksworth." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 23 May 1904, p. 7.
1904-05-23

G.W. S.
G.W. S. "News Item." New York Tribune, 26 Jul. 1875.
1875-07-26

George Eliot
Eliot, George. "Adam Bede." Times, 2 Dec. 1859, p. 10.
1859-12-02

George Eliot
Eliot, George. "Adam Bede." Times, 16 Apr. 1859, p. 7.
1859-04-16

George Eliot
Eliot, George. "Despair." Atchison Daily Globe, 25 Aug. 1893.
1893-08-25

Harrison, Frederic
Harrison, Frederic. Studies in Early Victorian Literature. Edward Arnold, copyright 1895, Pgs. 205-224.
1895

Henry, Maria Louise
Henry, Maria Louise. “The Morality of Thackeray and George Eliot.” Atlantic Monthly 51, Feb. 1883, pp. 243-248.
1882-02 (Feb)