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. 


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

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"Artand Literary Gossip." Manchester Times, 24 Jan. 1885, p. 5.
1885-01-24

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"Art and Literary Gossip." Manchester Times, 12 Jan. 1884, p. 4.
1884-01-12

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"Art and Literary Gossip." Cheshire Observer and General Advertiser, 12 Apr. 1862, p. 2.
1862-04-12

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"Art and Literature." Newcastle Courant, 21 Jan. 1881.
1881-01-21

Hyatt, Alfred
Hyatt, Alfred. "Arts and Letters." London Middlesex Gazette, 12 Oct. 1901, p. 7.
1901-10-12

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"Authors and Their Heroes and Heroines." Daily Picayune, 28 Jun. 1891, p. 12.
1891-06-28

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"Belles Lettres." Westminster Review, July 1861, pp. 151-152.
1861-07-ND

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"Book Notices." Evening Star, 28 Mar. 1859.
1859-03-28

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"Books." The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1 Apr. 1869, p. 215.
1869-04-01

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 15 June 1895, p. 5.
1895-06-15

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 Sept. 1909, p. 11.
1909-09-25

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 11 Sept. 1895, p. 8.
1895-09-11

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"Books Received." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13 Dec. 1895, p. 8.
1895-12-13

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"Books Received." Graphic, 23 May 1874, p. 499.
1874-05-23

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"Books Receiver." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 29 Jan. 1896, p. 8.
1896-01-29

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"Cambridge University Local Lectures." Cornishman, 22 Nov. 1906, p. 2.
1906-11-22

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

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"Charles Dickens and George Eliot." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1 Jan. 1881, p. 3.
1881-01-01

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

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"'Cheverel Manor." Tamworth Herald, 6 Jan. 1906, p. 7.
1906-01-06

Matheson, Annie
Matheson, Annie. “Children in the Novels of George Eliot.” Macmillan’s Magazine 46, 1882, pp. 488-97.
1882

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"Chips." North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 31 Oct. 1890.
1890-10-31

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"Choice Bits." Penny Illustrated Paper, 8 Jul. 1871, p. 7.
1871-07-08

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"Clergymen of the Old School." Star; Guernsey, 8 Jan. 1881.
1881-01-08

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"Concerning Four Great Writers." St. James's Gazette, 17 Oct. 1895, p. 5.
1895-10-17

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"Conjugal Ethics." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 21 Feb 1886, p. 13.
1886-02-21

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"Corporation Trading: Anti-Municipal Crusade." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 14 Oct. 1905, p. 4.
1905-10-14

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

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"Current Literature." Illustrated London News, 18 Jul. 1863, p. 74.
1863-07-18

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"Current Literature." Illustrated London News, 14 Jul. 1866, p. 43.
1866-07-14

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"Current Literature." Daily Evening Bulletin, 25 Oct. 1884.
1884-10-25

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"Current Literature." Daily Evening Bulletin, 25 Jul. 1884.
1884-07-25

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"Current Literature." Daily Evening Bulletin, 19 Sept. 1885.
1885-09-19

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

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

Hutton, R. H.
Hutton, R. H. "Daniel Deronda." The Spectator, 8 Apr. 1876.
1876-04-08

Saintsbury, George
Saintsbury, George. "Daniel Deronda." Academy, 9 Sept. 1876, pp. 253–254.
1876-09-09

Whipple, Edwin P.
Whipple, Edwin P. "Daniel Deronda." The North American Review, Jan. 1877, pp. 31–52.
1877-01 (Jan)

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"Daniel Deronda." London Observer, 30 Jan. 1876, p. 7.
1876-01-30

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"Daniel Deronda." Nottinghamshire Guardian, 8 Sept. 1876, p. 6.
1876-09-08

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"'Daniel Deronda.'" Pall Mall Gazette, 4 Oct. 1876, p. 10.
1876-10-04

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"Daniel Deronda." Pall Mall Gazette, 30 Sept. 1876, p. 12.
1876-09-30

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"Daniel Deronda." Daily Gazette, 8 Mar. 1876, p. 3.
1876-03-08

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"Daniel Deronda." Pall Mall Gazette, 30 Sept. 1876.
1876-09-30

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"Daniel Deronda." Pall Mall Gazette, 4 Oct. 1876.
1876-10-04

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"Daniel Deronda." Times, 11 Dec. 1876, p. 6.
1876-12-11

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"Daniel Deronda." York Herald, 11 May 1876, p. 3.
1876-05-11

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"Daniel Deronda." York Herald, 1 Feb. 1876, p. 3.
1876-02-01

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"Daniel Deronda." York Herald, 1 Mar. 1876, p. 3.
1876-03-01
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