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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 34: 2003

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2002

I thought that I would talk today about a previously unexplored topic - George Eliot and cats. Unfortunately I find that the reason why the topic is previously unexplored is that George Eliot, unlike the other Eliot, had very little, or possibly…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2002

Dear George Eliot You don't know me - but I have been a great admirer of yours for a long time now, since I was at school in fact. I must have been very young when I first had parts of your novels read to me. Later when I was…

Comic George Eliot

George Eliot's famous digression on the nature of literary realism in chapter 17 of Adam Bede has long been understood as a kind of aesthetic manifesto for the Victorian novel. Much has been written on Eliot's insistence that a faithful narrative…

Daniel Deronda (BBC 1) and George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (BBC 2)

The classic novel provides a tempting invitation for the contemporary film-maker: almost certainly it will have period costume, indoor amusements - preferably a dance, even better a ball - lavish, preferably country-house settings, consonant with…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2002: "Jane Austen and George Eliot"

'A woman and her book are identical' - or so the American writer Edgar Allen Poe reflected when reading an early collection of poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.' Remembering the autobiographical nature of much of Barrett Browning's early work, his…

George Eliot: Elegies and Eulogies

The death of George Eliot on 22 December 1880 occasioned many prose obituaries and also a number of verse tributes.' I have located eleven of these in all, along with a twelfth poem published in her lifetime: nine poets are represented, of whom four…

Japanese Branch Report 2002

The sixth annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Tezukayama University in an ancient city, Nara, on Saturday 30 November 2002. Before the opening, the members who arrived early enjoyed Romola (a silent film directed by…

Letter to the Fellowship Secretary

Dear Kathleen Adams I am writing to say thank you very much for all the work which you continue to do on behalf of us punters. If I weren't 80 I would volunteer for some job myself to ease your load, but my get up and go has got up…

Review of George Eliot: A Bibliographical History by William Baker and John C. Ross

This enormously impressive history is the fruit of something like thirty-five years of work by William Baker and John Ross. They have brought together a huge and comprehensive body of bibliographical information, broken down into five main sections…

Review of 'The Lifted Veil,' adapted for the stage by Tim Heath, 2002

It was perhaps Herbert Spencer in his Autobiography (1904) who first disseminated the myth that, though George Eliot will remain for posterity one of our finest novelists, her weakness was that she could not construct effective, dramatic plots. By…

Review of Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy, A Comparative Study by Josie Billington

Who is the English novelist worthy of comparison with Tolstoy? The name of George Eliot immediately suggests itself, though even Middlemarch does not have the range of War and Peace. What Henry James said of Eliot - that she is 'also a good deal of a…

Review of George Eliot and Schiller by Deborah Guth and Dutch Readings of George Eliot 1856-1885 by Diederik L. van Werven

In their very different ways these two studies contribute significantly to our understanding of George Eliot's place in the wider context of European literary culture. Diederik van Werven examines the nineteenth-century reception of her novels in the…

Review of George Eliot by Pauline Nestor

Having recalled George Eliot's central position in the pantheon of nineteenth-century thought and belief, Pauline Nestor begins this fine, closely argued book by considering Eliot's relevance today. Was John Bayley, for example, right when he said in…

Review of George Eliot, Music and Victorian Culture by Delia da Sousa Correa

Delia da Sousa Correa takes as starting point 'the yearning for spiritual expansion and sympathetic experience' so evident in George Eliot; and music, an 'undersong' to the desires of transcendence and affinity, is the prime concern in da Sousa…

Review of Lectures d'une oeuvre: George Eliot's 'The Mill on the Floss' ed. Maria Tang

George Eliot's novels have never been received in France with great enthusiasm. Translations have been relatively sparse, and it is still difficult to find more than one or two titles in Paris, even in the best academic bookshops, whereas Jane…

Review of Lives of Victorian Literary Figures I: George Eliot ed. Gail Marshall

Like Pickering and Chatto's Lives of the Great Romantics, these volumes, each one devoted to a major Victorian writer, offer a collection of facsimile reproductions of 19th or early 20th century essays, reviews and extracts from memoirs and…

Review of Middlemarch translated into Dutch by Margret Stevens and Annelies Roeleveld

The recent appearance of a Dutch translation of Middlemarch, in a prestigious series of classics by a leading publishing house, may well be considered as constituting 'cultural justice', and it is justice long overdue. Ever since the mid-nineteenth…

Review of The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner: New Casebooks eds. Nahem Yousaf and Andrew Maunder

This collection of essays on two of George Eliot's most popular novels adds to the growing number of Casebooks produced by Palgrave. These are useful volumes, particularly for students, providing as they do a selection of recent critical…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2002

In November 2002, 'my' adaptation of Daniel Deronda finally reached the screen, on BBC1. The production had been anticipated for years, and many people must have wondered what made it take so long. Middlemarch, in 1994, had been a great labour of…

Annual Report - 2002

2002 was, as always, a busy year, and the one in which we published our Pitkin Guide to George Eliot. This was something of a milestone for us as Pitkin Guides are so well known around the UK and it seemed right that George Eliot should be included…

Commemorative Occasions in 2002

The George Eliot Memorial Garden in Nuneaton reached its half century in May 2002. In 1930 several literary men, amongst them George Bernard Shaw, were asked if Nuneaton should erect a memorial to George Eliot. Most of them expressed astonishment…

Notes on Contributors 2003

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…