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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 27: 1996

Thomas Hardy and George Eliot: The Eye of Narcissus' Looking-Glass

Hardy was both surprised and offended by the comparisons made between Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and the novels of George Eliot; indeed, several critics went so far as to ascribe this new work to the acknowledged master in a complimentary…

'A Lifted Veil': A Missing George Eliot Portrait Rediscovered

Last summer, while compiling a checklist of art objects owned by the Clark Library, Renee Chin, a UCLA undergraduate and a Getty intern, discovered a portrait of George Eliot in the art storage room. Senior Library staff had not seen this portrait…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1995

For those of you who don't know who I am, I am currently the Managing Agent on the Arbury Estate, where I am lucky enough to live in South Farm, which will be familiar to you all as the birthplace of Mary Ann Evans. I arrived at Arbury approximately…

American Branch Report 1995

The American branch of the George Eliot Fellowship met for dinner at Stetson's Restaurant in Chicago on December 28, 1995. There was no formal programme but the evening included the traditional toast, the delivery of greetings from members who were…

Annual Report - 1995

I would like to begin this report with something exciting to say but Annual General Meetings, with which our year inevitably begins, are never exciting events. In 1995 it all went smoothly - the only change being the retirement of Kathleen Porter as…

Buried Treasure

Most commentors agree that George Eliot furnished her early stories from memories of actual places, events and people encountered in her childhood and youth in Warwickshire. In making this (perhaps involuntary) choice so soon after her liaison with…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference, University of Warwick, 1996: "George Eliot and Europe"

In July 1995, the English Department of the University of Warwick, in conjunction with the George Eliot Fellowship, hosted a week-end conference on George Eliot and Europe. This seemed a natural progression from the 1992 conference on George Eliot at…

Conference Report, Australian Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Adelaide, 1996: "The Victorians and Science"

The seventeeth conference of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association was held at the University of Adelaide in February 1996. The conference theme 'The Victorians and Science' inspired several papers on George Eliot's relation to matters…

'Dear Cara': A New George Eliot Letter

At the beginning of the year a donation was made to Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum of a box of papers relating to the Fridlanders, a nineteenth-century Coventry watch-making family. Annie Fridlander was a friend of Charles and Caroline…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1995: "George Eliot and the Furniture of the House Fiction"

In a letter to Martha Jackson of March 1841 the young Marian Evans, at the age of twen-ty-one, reflects on the way that a person's immediate surroundings help determine the impression that he or she makes on others: I suppose we are all loved (or…

Late-Victorian Plans for a George Eliot Memorial Library

On 5 March 1896 a paragraph appeared in the Daily News from a correspondent who wrote: Will you allow me through your columns to appeal to the countless admir-ers of one of England's greatest teachers and of the world's most perfect artists? That…

Music as a Sign in Daniel Deronda

The language of music communicates and contributes to spiritual transformation in Daniel Deronda. It expresses non-verbal truths about humanity's connection to the world, and unifies the novel with a continuous vocabulary since sound and silence are…

Report on the lecture delivered by John Cooper at the National Portrait Gallery, December 1995: 'George Eliot at the National Portrait Gellery'

In an excellent lecture John Cooper of the National Portrait Gallery showed all the authen-ticated portraits of George Eliot, contrasting them with those of other women writers of the time such as Charlotte Bronte and Agnes Strickland and quoting…

Review of "George Eliot: Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil, Brother Jacob" edited by Peter Mudford

Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob have formed a triple alliance ever since they were first published together at George Eliot's request in the Cabinet Edition of 1878. That the fellowship is far from uneasy is proved by Peter Mudford in…

Review of Fact and Feeling: Baconian Science and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Jonathan Smith

One of the latest developments in the history of ideas is the history and philosophy of sci-ence, and its increasing relevance to readers of Victorian literature is evinced by this work There is now a school of thought within George Eliot scholarship…

Review of George Eliot: A Biography by Frederick Karl

This is a massive study, what the author calls 'a topic for a biography' (x). It occupied four years of his time, during which he obviously saturated himself in his subject, her period, her circle, her letters and all the contiguous material…

Review of Literature in the Marketplace. Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices edited by John O. Jordan and Robert L. Patten

Literature in the Marketplace is a significant contribution to nineteenth-century studies and an important addition to recent work in the field of cultural production. The essays in this collection draw on a range of theoretical positions…

Review of The Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Novel by Patricia Ingham

Patricia Ingham begins her study of six Victorian novels - Charlotte Bronte's Shirley (1849), Mrs Gaskell's North and South (1855), Dickens's Hard Times (1854), George Eliot's Felix Holt (1866), George Gissing's The Unclassed (version of 1884), and…

Review of The Letters of George Henry Lewes, Vols 1 & 2 ed. William Baker

This edition of Lewes's letters, collected from a range of libraries across the world and presented with clear introductions and notes, is a welcome resource to all readers of Lewes and Eliot. It is not a complete collection, deliberately setting out…

'The Dead Hand' in Middlemarch

Edward Casaubon dies early in Book V of Middlemarch. Occurring where it does, it effec-tively bisects the novel; and indeed, it is a pivotal event in Dorothea's history. His will erects her central dilemma. She faces a choice, forced upon her by her…

The Imaginary Vision in Adam Bede: Hetty's Mirrors and the Objet A

In October 1857, George Eliot began her first full-length major novel, Adam Bede. Having just completed her last 'scene' - 'Janet's Repentance' - from Scenes of Clerical Life, she decided to use a 'large canvas' for her next endeavour, an endeavour…

The Two Georges and the Gunner

Edward Bruce Hamley (1824-93) was a dedicated professional soldier, a military histori-an and theorist and a man of varied literary interests. He was a member of a distinguished Cornish family, and was educated at Bodmin Grammar School and the Royal…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1996

A friendly neighbour, who knew I was fond of ‘old things’, recently offered to let me look at a yellowing, crisply fragile newspaper that was in her possession. Unfolded, the crumbling broadsheet proved to be a copy of the Daily Mail for…