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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"Yesterday’s Publications." Standard, 21 Apr. 1891, p. 3.
1891-04-21

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 29 Nov. 1895, p. 3.
1895-11-29

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 9 Apr. 1895, p. 3.
1895-04-09

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 24 May 1895, p. 3.
1895-05-24

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"Yesterday's New Books." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 27 May 1904, p. 3.
1904-05-27

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 15 Oct. 1895, p. 3.
1895-10-15

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 23 Apr. 1895, p. 3.
1895-04-23

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 11 Sept. 1895, p. 3.
1895-09-11

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 14 Aug. 1895, p. 3.
1895-08-14

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"Yesterday's New Books." Standard, 25 Dec. 1895, p. 3.
1895-12-25

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

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"Women Who Shine." Dundee Courier and Argus, 8 Feb. 1897, p. 6.
1897-02-08

Smith, George Barnett
Smith, George Barnett. Women of Renown. Wyman and Sons, Limited, Printers, London and Redhill 1893, Pgs. 85-117.
1893

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"Woman's and Lover's Calendars." Cornishman, 23 Dec. 1915, p. 2.
1915-12-23

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"Withernsea." Hull Daily Mail, 5 Nov. 1891, p. 4.
1891-11-05

Main, Alexander
Main, Alexander. Wise, Witty and Tender Sayings in Prose and Verse, selected from the Works of George Eliot, Edinburgh & London: Blackwood, 1872
1872

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"Wisdom About Women." Hull Daily Mail, 27 Dec. 1910, p. 8.
1910-12-27

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"Wilnecote." Tamworth Herald, 10 Mar. 1923, p. 5.
1923-03-10

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"Wanamaker's." Daily Republican, 24 Nov. 1885.
1885-11-24

Kebbel, T. E.
Kebbel, T. E. "Village Life of George Eliot." Fraser's Magazine, Feb. 1881, pp. 263–276.
1881-02 (Feb)

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"Victorian Novelists." St. James's Gazette, 27 Jan. 1900, p. 12.
1900-01-27

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"Varieties." Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 19 June 1868, p. 3.
1868-06-19

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"Two Books of Criticism." Pall Mall Gazette, 8 Dec. 1891, p. 3.
1891-12-08

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"To-day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9 Mar. 1909, p. 9.
1909-03-09

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"To-day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 18 Nov. 1907, p. 3.
1907-11-18

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

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"To Day's Books." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 July 1907, p. 10.
1907-07-12

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"Three Women Novelists." Westminster Budget, 6 Mar. 1903, p. 23.
1903-03-06

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"Thoughts for Quiet Moments." Hull Daily Mail, 26 Sept. 1908, p. 5.
1908-09-26

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"Thoughts for Quiet Moments." Hull Daily Mail, 9 Jan. 1909, p. 2.
1909-01-09

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"Theophrastus Such." Standard, 17 June 1879, p. 2.
1879-06-17

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"Theophrastus Such." Pall Mall Gazette, 2 July 1879, p. 12.
1879-07-02

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"Theophrastus Such." Chicago Daily Tribune, 21 Jun. 1879.
1879-06-21

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"The Work of George Eliot." Australasian, 1 Jan. 1881, p. 8.
1881-01-01

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

Mottram, William
Mottram, William. The True Story of George Eliot In Relation to "Adam Bede": Giving the Real Life History of the More Prominent Characters. American ed. Chicago: McClurg, 1906.
1906-10-13

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"The Sunderland Equitable Industrial Society's Library." Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 21 Oct. 1884, p. 3.
1884-10-21

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

Hutton, R. H.
Hutton, R. H. "The Strong Side of Daniel Deronda." The Spectator, 29 July 1876.
1876-07-29

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"The Story of a Remarkable Literary Imposture." Western Mail, 3 Feb. 1885, p. 4.
1885-02-03

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"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, A Poem." London Express, 30 May 1868, p. 1.
1868-05-30

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"[A Review of] The Spanish Gypsy, a Poem." Guardian, 24 Jun. 1868, p. 720.
1868-06-24

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"The Spanish Gypsy." Chicago Tribune, 14 Jun. 1868.
1868-06-14

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"The Spanish Gypsy." Chicago Tribune, 22 Jul. 1868.
1868-07-22

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"The Rev. H. J. R. Marston on Goldsmith." Berrow's Worcester Journal, 24 May 1884, p. 7.
1884-05-24

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

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"The Reader." Graphic, 28 July 1883, p. 99.
1883-07-28

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"The Prince Consort As a Novel Reader." Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 2 May 1879, p. 3.
1879-05-02

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"The Popularity-monger." Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 June 1904, p. 2.
1904-06-25

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"The Poem of Life." Daily Picayune, 28 Dec. 1890, p. 12.
1890-12-28
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