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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 33: 2002

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2001

Wherefore we come to lay this laurel wreath - Humbly, in reparation for the past, Proudly, in honour of thy worth, With Reverence, as believing still In beauty, truth and love. George Eliot, or Mary Ann Evans as she was known when she lived here in…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2001

In June 1990, the Revd Dr Edward Carpenter gave this address, exactly ten years after he, as Dean of Westminster, conducted the service when the stone memorializing George Eliot was unveiled. In his address Dr Carpenter reminded his audience that…

Dorothea and the 'Key to all Mythologies'

In Middlemarch, the 'dead hand' of Edward Casaubon, which seeks to take hold of his wife's future, is applied by two documents. The first is the codicil to his will which endeavours to prohibit Dorothea marrying Will Ladislaw by imposing the…

Editors' Note

We wish to correct the following typographical errors that occurred in June Skye Szirotny's 'Edward Casaubon and Herbert Spencer' (George Eliot Review No. 32 [2001], pp. 29-43): p. 31 , I. 31 after ). insert [sic ] p. 34, I. 11 for our read our p.…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2001: "George Eliot - The Woman and the Writer"

It is a great honour to be invited to deliver this civic address today in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Nuneaton, and I am delighted to be here among you in George Eliot's home town. My chosen theme on this special anniversary…

George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and Dogs

[I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Michael Slater for his invaluable comments on a draft of this paper, a version of which was presented at the George Eliot: Life and Letters con-ference held at the Institute of English Studies, University…

George Eliot: Life and Letters. Institute of English Studies, University of London, 17-18 January 2002

I'm grateful for the editors' invitation to report on this conference. I was asked to organize it by Warwick Gould, Director of the University of London Institute of English Studies, in response to the auction and sale in 2001, of letters (published…

George Eliot's Debt to Hardy?

In his biography of Thomas Hardy, Michael Millgate makes the following assertion: The irritating association of Hardy's work with George Eliot's was kept alive in the summer of 1876 by the appearance of Daniel Deronda and the comment in the…

Henry James on Digression in George Eliot's Fiction

Stemming from a genuine desire to grapple with the complex theoretical issues underlying nineteenth-century attitudes to the novel and its aesthetic, Henry James was one of the leading critics of the mid-Victorian period. Yet his conclusion in his…

Japanese Branch Report 2001

The fifth annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Tokai University in Kanagawa on Saturday, I December 2001. The morning session began with a welcome speech by Kyoichi Ono, Chief of the Foreign Language Center of Tokai…

Mines of Misinformation: George Eliot and Old Master Paintings: Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Dresden, 1854-5 and 1858.

This article is a 'footnote' to two classic works on George Eliot: Hugh Witemeyer's George Eliot and the Visual Arts and The Journals of George Eliot, edited by Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston. When I began to follow the progress of George Eliot…

Review of George Eliot and Judaism by Saleel Nurbhai and K.M. Newton

Saleel Nurbhai and K. M. Newton break new ground with this consideration of George Eliot's exploitation of Jewish mysticism and mythology in fiction written before the novel that obvi-ously promotes that tradition, Daniel Deronda. In their…

Review of George Eliot and the British Empire by Nancy Henry

In this fascinating and forcefully argued study, Nancy Henry addresses the kind of subject that has become the preserve of post-colonial criticism but does so in a way that challenges com-monly held assumptions about the relations between empire and…

Review of Rethinking Victorian Culture. Ed. A. Jenkins and J. John and Rereading Victorian Fiction. Ed. J John and A. Jenkins

These two fine volumes have their roots in a Victorian literature conference at the University of Liverpool in 1996, which I had the good fortune to attend. At the time, I remember being struck in particular by the erudition of a number of the papers…

Review of Such Silver Currents: The Story of William and Lucy Clifford by M. Chisholm

This is the first biography to record the shared and separate lives of an unusual couple, a mathe-matical genius called William Clifford and his literary wife, Lucy. Their biographer, M. Chisholm, has had to confront the problem of different lives…

Review of The Broadview Edition of Felix Holt, the Radical. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack

William Baker and Kenneth Womack's Felix Holt is part of the relatively recent Broadview Literary Texts series, a Canadian-based series that seeks to publish recognized canonical texts alongside less well known texts from literary history. With that…

Review of The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot. Ed. George Levine

Dictionary definitions of ‘companion’ stress notions of fellowship and support, as in ‘one who associates with or accompanies another’. The question prompted by the use of ‘companion’ in a book title is, for whom is company being…

Review of The Clarendon Edition of Adam Bede ed. Carol A. Martin

In a letter to G. H. Lewes of October 1858 John Blackwood contrasted his own discriminat-ing language of praise with the 'abandon of expression' indulged in by what he terms 'the large hearted school of Critics,' and of course one sees his point, as…

Review of Theology in the Fiction of George Eliot by Peter C. Hodgson. andThe Silent Revolution and the Making of Victorian England by Herbert Schlossberg

The first paragraph of Peter Hodgson's opening chapter on 'George Eliot's Religious Pilgrimage' outlines the conventional wisdom about George Eliot, that 'exposure to higher criticism' caused her to abandon 'the fervent evangelical faith of her youth…

Review of Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900 ed. Joanne Shattock

This book of thirteen essays by leading scholars in the field is an impressive and valuable con-tribution to the study of nineteenth-century women writers. Canonical figures such as Austen, the Bronte sisters, Gaskell and Eliot are examined in the…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2002

I would like to thank you for inviting Jane and me to the wreath-laying and to this luncheon and the opportunity to propose the toast to the immortal memory of George Eliot. It is over a year ago that I was walking through the corridors of Leeds…

A George Eliot Quotation on a Public Occasion

At the funeral of the Queen Mother in Westminster Abbey on 9 April 2002 the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the sermon and, in describing her life, used these words - 'There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, "the sweet presence of a…

Annual Report - 2001

Looking back thirty years to my report for 1971 I found that I had written 'It is most reward-ing to be able to report a successful and stimulating year'. Thirty years later I can say the same - despite having drawn in our horns after the less than…

Notes on Contributors 2002

Kathleen Adams has been Secretary of the Fellowship since 1968. She initiated the Review in 1970, was editor until 1981 and co-editor 1982-91. She published Those of Us Who Loved Her in 1980 and A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot…