Browse Documents (22 total)

  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 32: 2001

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2000

To be asked to lay a wreath and say a few words in celebration of George Eliot, the great authoress, is an honour, I am sure that most of you here today have much more knowledge and understanding of her life and works than I do. But having spent…

Address at the opening of a garden at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, 9 July 2000

When I was asked to come here to open this lovely garden I wondered what on earth I could say about George Eliot that you hadn't thought, read, written or said already - and then I decid-ed that I should talk about the one thing that you don't know…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2000

When Gabriel Woolf was standing here a few years ago, he told us the various things that he was not, in relation to George Eliot; for example that he was not an author fresh from the tri-umph of the latest biography or other learned work, or an…

American Branch Report 2000

Dr Linda K. Robertson reports that a small group of members and friends met for dinner in St. Louis, Missouri in November and it is hoped this might become a regular event. Vast distances preclude members in the USA meeting as a branch but there are…

Annual Report - 2000

2000, the Millennium Year, proved to be a mixture of success and some disappointment. The Fellowship Council planned many extra events for so auspicious a year; some were very suc-cessful, others were not. Indeed, many of us felt that the excitement…

Edward Casaubon and Herbert Spencer

Identifying the originals of George Eliot's characters has always fascinated readers. And none of her characters has inspired speculation about an original more than Edward Casaubon, George Eliot's scholar and clergyman in Middlemarch. In 1973,…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2000: "Middlemarch and the Poetry of Prosaic Conditions"

Jerome Beaty should have given this lecture: I have spoken and written in celebration of his scholarship and record that I was sad to be speaker not listener. Taking his amusingly grandiose title I place mine after it, and discussing Middlemarch and…

'George Eliot'

LARGE woman soul, sure of unfading bays, It little boots o'er thy too early tomb To puff our little breaths of passing praise - Dead in the deepest of Midwinter's gloom, Ere thine own Autumn's mellow fruitage failed! We mourn a Larger Light, eclipsed…

Japanese Branch Report 2000

The fourth annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Kinki University in Osaka on Saturday, 25 November 2000. The morning session began with a welcome speech by Norio Murase, Dean of the Literature Department of Kinki…

Letter to the Editor, 2001

Dear Editors The welcome purchase by the British Library of George Eliot / Jane Senior letters isn't always reported accurately. In a recent Woman's Hour Kathryn Hughes seemed to imply the corre-spondence was new to scholars. Haight's Yale Edition…

Middlemarch and Belinda

Middlemarch and Rhoda Broughton's Belinda (1883) have often been cited as benchmarks in the much wider debate concerning Mark Pattison and his wife Emily Francis, later Lady Dilke. Among other novels with alleged Pattison derivations are W. H.…

Nobody's Daughters: Dickens's Tattycoram and George Eliot's Caterina Sarti

Doughty Street, where Dickens lived for three years (1836-9), is within a stone's throw of the site of London's Hospital for Foundling Children, which was established in 1739 by the retired sea-captain, Thomas Coram, whom Dickens venerated.…

Priest and Nun? Daniel Deronda, Anti-Catholicism and the Confessional

In Chapter 32 of Daniel Deronda, Sir Hugo Mallinger jocularly remarks to Deronda, 'You are always looking tenderly at the women, and talking to them in a Jesuitical way. You are a dan-gerous young fellow'.' Deronda responds with undue irritation,…

Review of A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot Fellowship 1930-2000 by Kathleen Adams

On November 22nd 1930 an inaugural supper for the George Eliot Fellowship was held at the Newdegate Arms in Nuneaton, at which Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG of Arbury Hall presided. He told the assembled company that it was high time that those who…

Review of George Eliot and Victorian Historiography by Neill McCaw and Memory and History in George Eliot by Hao Li

Two recent books address the important subject of how and why George Eliot represents his-tory in her fiction. Neil McCaw's George Eliot and Victorian Historiography is concerned pri-marily with Eliot's relationship to Victorian history writing - to…

Review of Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot. Ed. John Rignall

For a reader of George Eliot, opening this Companion may be a bit like opening a box of chocolates. There is a pause as one wonders where to begin, but once begun, it is difficult to stop tasting and savouring the contents. The articles are written…

Review of Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction by Audrey Jaffe and "Without any Check of Proud Reserve": Sympathy and its Limits in George Eliot's Novels by Ellen Argyros

These two books, when read together, make an exceedingly interesting comparative study of 'sympathy', that term so pervasive in George Eliot's work. Audrey Jaffe's book resituates the idea of 'sympathy' in the Foucauldian notions of…

Review of the New edition of Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth Century Fiction by Gillian Beer

In Darwin’s Plots, Gillian Beer writes that 'On the Origin of Species is one of the most extra-ordinary examples of a work which included more than the maker of it at the time knew, despite all that he did know'. Published in November 1859 with a…

Review of Women of the Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain by Barbara Onslow

'Everything in the literary world is done by favour and connections'. Mary Howitt's assess-ment of the importance of contacts in the London of the 1840s is borne out in Barbara Onslow's wide ranging and fascinating study of nineteenth century women…

Review of Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860-1900: representations of music, science and gender in the leisured home by Phyllis Weliver

The title and subtitle of this book must intrigue anybody who ·takes an interest in the cultural background of nineteenth-century literature. The familiarly stereotypical figures of the 'accomplished' Victorian girl at her piano, the evolutionary…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2000

Now I am in my thirty-second year as Secretary of the Fellowship, Bill and I can look back over those years and realize what an immense change they have made to our lives. When we joined the tiny Fellowship in 1965 we could have had no idea what was…