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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 30: 1999

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1999

It is a tremendous honour to be talking to you today. When I first started work on my biogra-phy of George Eliot back in 1993 I never imagined that I would one day be celebrating her birthday with the people to whom her life and work mean so much,…

A Postcard to Rev. F.R. Evans (George Eliot's nephew), 11 August 1911

'Re George Eliot' 'A' [in red ink] (Mary Ann Evans) Sir, I assume that you read the Ten Commandments in your church - yet in the Nuneaton Chronicle article in The Star of Aug. 7, you are said by A. E. Cross 1 to be in favour of a memo-rial…

A Tchaikovsky/George Eliot Opera that never happened

The Tchaikovsky Museum at Klin in Moscow in Russia had, amongst the composer's papers, a manuscript of fragments of a scenario for an opera on the theme of 'Mr Gilfil's Love-Story', the second story in Scenes of Clerical Life. Tchaikovsky modestly…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1998

In paying tribute to George Eliot today we acknowledge a debt of gratitude owed to her for the legacy of wonderful novels which have enriched so many lives during both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As we approach the twenty-first century I…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1998

I take a strange pleasure in being associated, no matter how vicariously, with the greatest novel-ist in the English language. I am by no means sure that she would approve of this event. Asked about God, Immortality and Duty - strange topics of…

American Branch Report 1998

The ninth annual George Eliot Dinner was held during the Modem Language Association meeting in San Francisco, California. Members of the Fellowship and friends met at Puccini and Pinetta on December 29 for excellent conversation and food. The evening…

An Echo of the 'Holy War'

George Eliot's 'Holy War' began on 2 Jaunuary 1842 and lasted for four and a half months. That day her father made a significant entry in his Journal: 'Went to Trinity Church in the forenoon ... Mary Ann did not go'. In the protracted dispute with…

Annual Report - 1998

Every year I begin this report by saying what a busy year the Fellowship has had. Every year it seems to get busier; certainly the workload increases each year - which must be a measure of our success in reaching out in all directions, not only in…

Daniel Deronda - 1921 Style

While we are still awaiting news of the completion of a new film of Daniel Deronda, some-thing that has been in the pipeline for some years, it is interesting to discover that in 1921, a cinema film of the novel was made by Butcher's Film Services…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1998: "Ego, Anonymity, and Healing in George Eliot"

Eliot's ultimate goal- morally, aesthetically - was to free the individual ego from the suf-fering of reflecting upon itself. Her fiction, which she saw as a series of evolving psycholog-ical phases, achieves this liberation through strongly argued…

Henry James and George Eliot: Realism, Reality, and Narrative Form

The narratives of the Victorian writers are infused with detailed expositions of living, felt pic-tures; it was inevitable given the expectations of their audience. Furthermore, writers-cum-critics such as Henry lames testify to the difficulty of…

Japanese Branch Report 1998

The second annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Toyo University in Tokyo on Saturday, 31 October 1998. After a year of careful preparation, the con-vention was successful. The morning session began with a welcome…

Milly Barton and Emma Gwyther

For many years the tomb of Emma Gwyther in Chilvers Coton Churchyard in Nuneaton was totally obscured by a massive yew tree until it was recently cut back to reveal the sorry state of the tomb beneath it. Badly broken and its lettering difficult to…

Review of Barbara Leigh-Smith Bodichon: Feminist, Artist, and Rebel by Pam Hirsch

It is impossible not to be impressed by Barbara Leigh-Smith Bodichon. Her life is interesting for its diversity, rather than for any single accomplishment, and therefore she has posed a chal-lenge for biographers. Most accounts of Bodichon, such as…

Review of From Author to Text: Re-reading George Eliot's 'Romola' ed. Caroline Levine and Mark W. Turner and George Eliot and Italy by Andrew Thompson

Each of these books took me by surprise. There is a curious tension between the incorpora-tiveness of Andrew Thompson's title, George Eliot and Italy, and his compendiously specific sub-title, Literary, Cultural and Political Influences from Dante to…

Review of George Eliot and Goethe: An Elective Affinity by Gerlinde Röder-Bolton

George Eliot's admiration for Goethe is well known but how exactly it impinges on her own fiction is less clear and hence Gerlinde Roder-Bolton's useful attempt to analyse her creative use of him. As the sub-title of this study is perhaps intended to…

Review of Perspectives on Self and Community in George Eliot: Dorothea's Window. Ed. Patricia Gately, Dennis Leavens and D. Cole Woodcox

This is a modest book, edited by three people who are so modest that they reveal nothing at all about their identities. It is possible to discover from a footnote on p.159 that it is a product of a conference on George Eliot although further details…

Review of Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature by Alison Byerly

Dr Alison Byerly's concern is with the use in their fiction by four Victorian novelists of art works, performative as well as representational, experienced by the characters as well as metaphors within the larger narrative frame, works both real…

Review of Sisters in Literature: Female Sexuality in 'Antigone', 'Middlemarch', 'Howard's End', and 'Women in Love' by Masako Hirai

While the main theme of this book is clear and easily grasped, there is an unevenness about the treatment which at times is disconcerting. Biography and critical argument sit uneasily together, some of the statements are outside the frame of current…

Review of Wordsworth and the Victorians by Stephen Gill

Words worth belongs to a generation that re-invented posterity as the true judge of artistic worth, a truth beyond fashion and faction, the eternal justification of a misunderstood life. His exact contemporary Hölderlin asked 'Wozu Dichter in…

The Politics of Religion in Felix Holt

In chapter 3 of Felix Holt, the narrator gives an account of the 'social changes in Treby parish', including the altered character of Trebian Dissent. It had been of a quiescent, well-to-do kind, represented architecturally by a small venerable,…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1998

Sixty-two years ago, almost to the day - a freezing 25 November 1936 - I arrived at the London docks from Africa and came, without realizing it at the time, to live in the country of my background. I was to live with Alison and Rupert Winser and…