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. 


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

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"'George Eliot's' Works." Northampton Mercury, 11 Feb. 1888, p. 6.
1888-02-11

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"'George Eliot' and the Jews." Star; Guernsey, 11 Jan. 1881.
1881-01-11

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"'George Eliot' and Wirksworth Associations." Derby Mercury, 5 Jan. 1881, p. 2.
1881-01-05

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"'Place and Power.'" Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13 Sept. 1903, p. 6.
1903-09-13

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

Sweetser, Kate Dickinson
Sweetser, Kate Dickinson. Boys and Girls From George Eliot. New York: Duffield & Company, 1906.
1906

Olcott, Charles Sumner
Olcott, Charles S. (Charles Sumner). George Eliot, Scenes And People In Her Novels. New York: T. Y. Crowell & co, 1910.
1910

Backus, Truman Jay and Helen Dawes Brown
Backus, Truman Jay, and Helen Dawes Brown. The Great English Writers From Chaucer to George Eliot: With Selections Illustrating Their Work. New York: Sheldon & Co., 1889.
1889

Mulock, Dinah
Mulock, Dinah. To Novelists - And a Novelist. Macmillan's Magazine, April 1861, pp. 441-8
1861-04 (April)

Byron, May Clarissa Gillington
1912?

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"A George Eliot Memorial." Tamworth Herald, 8 June 1907, p. 2.
1907-06-08

Lewes, M. E. (George Eliot)
Lewes, M. E. "A Letter from George Eliot." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 22 Jan. 1881, p. 10.
1881-01-22

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"A Link with 'Mr. Gilfil's Love Story.'" Tamworth Herald, 21 June 1924, p. 3.
1924-06-21

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"A Literary 'Coincidence'-- Where George Eliot got the Drowing Scene for her 'Daniel Deronda.'" Daily Evening Bulletin, 25 Jun. 1877.
1877-06-25

Tozer, F. Eustace
Tozer, F. Eustace. "A Literary Study: George Eliot." Leeds Mercury, 2 June 1888, p. 1.
1888-06-02

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"A Look Round Literature." Morning Post, 18 May 1887, p. 2.
1887-05-18

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

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"A New Midland Industry." Tamworth Herald, 18 May 1907, p. 7.
1907-05-18

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"A New Novelist." Saturday Review, vol. 135, 29 May 1858, pp. 566-7.
1859-05-29

Johnson, R. Brimley
Johnson, R. Brimley. The Great Four. London [etc.] W. Collins sons & co., ltd. 1918, Pgs. 204-225.
1918

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London Independent, 16 Nov. 1899, p. 2.
1899-11-16

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"A Reviving Fame." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 June 1901, p. 4.
1901-06-12

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"A Traveller's Experiences in the George Eliot Country." Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury, 9 June 1894, p. 3.
1894-06-09

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"A Trouble on Christmas Eve." London Magnet, 20 Jun. 1881, p. 6.
1881-06-20

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"A Valuable Book." Boston Investigator, 11 Apr. 1855.
1855-04-11

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"A Volume of Poems by George Eliot." Standard, 13 May 1874, p. 5.
1874-05-13

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"A Wise Man." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 17 Aug. 1879, p. 12.
1879-08-17

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"A Word About the Quinns-- And Books." Edgefield Advertiser, 8 Aug, 1866, p. 2.
1866-08-08

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"About Literature and the Arts." Northampton Mercury, 29 Sept. 1866, p. 3.
1866-09-29

James, H.
James, H. "About Some of the George Eliot's Novels." Treasury of Literature and the Ladies' Treasury, 2 Aug. 1869, p. 56-63.
1869-08-02

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"Accuracy and Tolerance." Rocky Mountain News, 22 Jan. 1889, p. 2.
1889-01-22

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

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"Adam Bede." Economist, 5 Mar. 1859, pp. 256-257.
1859-03-05

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"Adam Bede." Daily Evening Bulletin, 24 Jan. 1881, p. 4.
1881-01-24

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"Adam Bede." Herald, 2 Jan. 1897, p. 1.
1897-01-02

Jewsbury, Geraldine
Jewsbury, Geraldine. "Adam Bede [A Review]." Athenaeum, 26 Feb. 1859, p. 284.
1859-02-26

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"Adam Bede [A Review]." The Morning Chronicle, 28 Feb. 1859, p. 6.
1859-02-28

Newby, Thos Cautley
Newby, Thos Cautley . "Adam Bede, Jun." Times, 5 Dec. 1859, p. 7.
1859-12-05

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"Adam Bede's Cottage." Hull Daily Mail, 9 Oct. 1918, p. 3.
1918-10-09

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"Alas for Brains." Leed's Times, 5 Oct. 1895, p. 6.
1895-10-05

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"Alas for Brains." Leeds Times, 5 Oct. 1895, p. 6.
1895-10-05

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"American Estimation of Popular Writers." Aberdeen Journal, 19 June 1886, p. 8.
1886-06-19

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"American Fiction." Aberdeen Journal, 7 Jan. 1880, p. 2.
1880-01-07

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"An Author's Blunders- Slips in the Chronology of 'Adam Bede.'" Daily Evening Bulletin, 15 Sept. 1880, p. 3.
1880-09-15

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"Analytic Study of Literature." Galveston Daily News, 7 Nov. 1896.
1896-11-07

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"April Magazines." Newcastle Courant, 20 Apr. 1883, p. 6.
1883-04-20

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"April Magazines: George Eliot's Women." Newcastle Courant, 20 Apr. 1883.
1883-04-20

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"Art and Literary." Stirling Observer and Midland Counties Advertiser, 3 May 1866, p. 3.
1866-05-03