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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 26: 1995

Review of Engaging with Shakespeare: Responses of George Eliot and Other Women Novelists by Marianne Novy

Virginia Woolf's comment, 'Literature is no one's private ground; literature is common ground', is a reminder in this age of intertextuality that writers have always lived off one another. Shakespeare himself was no exception. Marianne Novy's…

Review of George Eliot's Mill on the Floss, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson and directed by Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale, 1995

This is a study of George Eliot's political imagination which traces the theme of inheri-tance through her fiction, taking it both in its ordinary sense of property bequeathed from one generation to another and in the extended sense of the…

Review of George Eliot's Serial Fiction by Carol A. Martin

In the past few years, there has been considerable renewed interest in serial literature in the form of single author and general studies. Martin's book on Eliot takes its place along-side works such as Mary Hamer's book on Trollope, Writing by…

Review of Impressions of Theophrastus Such Two new editions, edited by Nancy Henry and by D.J. Enright

George Eliot's last published work, Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879), has hither-to not been much read or attended to by readers, critics, or even scholars. Now two edi-tions have appeared almost simultaneously, both annotated and furnished…

Review of The Critical Response to George Eliot edited by Karen L. Pangallo

The appearance of a new anthology of George Eliot criticism would need to justify its place on the shelf beside the indispensable collections of essays assembled by Gordon S. Haight, D.R. Carroll, William Baker, Barbara Hardy and K.M. Newton.…

Review of The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans: George Eliot, Her Letters and Fiction by Rosemarie Bodenheimer

This is an important biographical and critical study which takes for its starting point George Eliot's view in 1879 that 'The best history of a writer is contained in his writings - these are his chief actions' (The George Eliot Letters, VII, 230).…

Review of The Sickroom in Victorian Fiction: the Art of Being Ill by Miriam Bailin

In this densely-argued and fascinating study Miriam Bailin begins by noting the frequen-cy with which the sickroom figures in Victorian fiction as 'a haven of comfort, order and natural affection' in which an alternative, and more congenial, society…

Review of The Transformation of Rage: Mourning and Creativity in George Eliot's Fiction by Peggy Fitzhugh Johnstone

The thesis of this book is as follows. In her early life George Eliot experienced a number of bereavements: the deaths of her baby twin siblings in 1821, after which her mother withdrew emotionally from her life; her mother's own death in 1836, when…

Thou Shalt Not Read: Maggie's Arrested Development in The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss opens and closes with visions of a girl out of place - initially in a dream and finally in a grave. In between, this lost soul tries to find her way in the world, and she often uses books as her guides. While books give…

Race and Myth: The Spanish Gypsy

Although it cannot be claimed that George Eliot's poetry ranks with her prose fiction, it is nevertheless unjustifiably marginalized in discussion of her work. Among the more dis-tinguished pieces - which include the important blank-verse drama…

Obituary: Dorothy Edmands 1911-1995, Vice-President: 1992-1995

Dorothy Edmands had been a member of the George Eliot Fellowship for well over 30 years and during that time had been a most supportive member. She served on the Fellowship Council for very many of those years and, although a quiet and very modest…

New George Eliot Letters at the British Library

The British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts New Series 1981-1985 (2 vols., London: The British Library, 1994), records the acquisition of new George Eliot let-ters to its holdings.' Its Index lists under 'Cross nee Evans ... "George…

Horses and Hounds: The Importance of Animals in The Mill on the Floss

It is not surprising that George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, set in rural Warwickshire in the early 18oos, should contain references to domestic animals and livestock. What is remarkable is the variety, including dogs, kittens, sheep, cattle,…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1994: "Mary Ann Did Not Go: Why George Eliot Stayed Away from the Church"

On Sunday, 2 January 1842, Mary Ann Evans's father wrote in his diary: 'Went to Trinity Church in the forenoon" Miss Lewis went with me. Mary Ann did not go. I stopd the sacre-ment (sic) and Miss Lewis stopd also.' Two weeks later, again: 'Went to…

Dismal Loneliness: George Eliot, Auguste Comte, and 'The Lifted Veil'

'The Lifted Veil' is a curious novella from an author who made the organic form so much her own, focusing as it does upon actions which continually interrupt and fragment the narrative; with its emphasis on the supernatural, on bizarre…

Conference Report, Nineteeth-Century Studies Association Conference, Loyola College, Baltimore, 1995: "Conflict and Resolution"

The 14th conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association was held at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland at the end of March. The conference theme, 'Conflict and Resolution', allowed examination of the period from the French Revolution to…

Conference Report, Centre for English Studies Conference, University of London, 1995: "Reviewing Romola"

George Eliot claimed that Romola was written with her 'best blood', and her contempo-raries certainly knew and appreciated the novel. Until late in the century Romola was even being regularly employed as a guidebook to Florence. But despite…

Charles Christian Hennell and George Eliot: Human and Narrative Affinities

On 13 November 1841 the twenty-two year old Marian Evans wrote to her then mentor Maria Lewis 'My whole soul has been engrossed in the most interesting of all inquiries for the last few days, and to what results my thoughts may lead, I know not -…

Annual Report - 1994

The year got off to an unusual start. The hyperbole associated with the BBC Television production of Middlemarch suddenly shot George Eliot into the forefront of many peo-ple's minds. The beginning of the year is always a very busy time but from…

American Branch Report 1994

The annual American dinner of the Fellowship was held on 28 December 1994 at The Harbor House restaurant in San Diego, California, site of the Modem Language Association convention. Arrangements for the dinner were made by Harriet Williams, and Linda…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1996

What can I say about the great writer whom we are gathered here to commemorate that is new, witty or informative or even interesting? After all, you will appreciate that I am not an academic so I can't offer you a Marxist viewpoint, certainly not a…