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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 39: 2008

Review of Felix Holt, the Radical adapted by Michael Eaton and directed by Lucy Bailey. BBC Radio 4, June-July 2007

Felix Holt, with its large cast of characters, and above all with its notoriously complicated legal plot, presents a real challenge when adapting and reducing it for a three hour, serialized radio dramatization. Michael Eaton is to be congratulated…

George Eliot's Poetry of the Soul

The poetic epigraph to Daniel Deronda, written by George Eliot herself, anticipates and encapsulates the novel's interest in the complex processes that make up human psychology: Let thy chief terror be of thine own soul: There, 'mid the throngs of…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am extremely grateful to you for inviting me here today to give this speech on George Eliot's Birthday. It is a real pleasure and very flattering: I hope I can live up to expectations. If you had told me a year ago that I…

Address at the Celebration for Kathleen and Bill Adams at Arbury Hall, 6 May 2008

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know of the existence of the George Eliot Fellowship until 1980, which was of course the great year of the stone-laying in Westminster Abbey. I can't remember how it came to be known that one of George Henry Lewes's…

Japanese Branch Report 2007

The eleventh annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Chuo University on Saturday 24 November 2007. The morning session began with an opening address by Miwa Ohta (Chuo University). Four papers were presented in the…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2007

As I reflected on 'famous sons and daughters of Nuneaton', I came up with a short list. George Eliot/Mary Anne Evans, Larry Grayson, Ken Loach. George Eliot must have cut quite an unconventional figure in her day. Larry Grayson, that rather gentle…

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot by Nancy Henry

This lively book is part of a new Cambridge University Press series already more than thirty titles strong, for 'readers who want to broaden their understanding of the books and authors they enjoy' - a mission statement which is quickly decoded:…

Review of Jeanie, an 'Army of One': Mrs Nassau Senior, 1828-1877 by Sybil Oldfield

The neglect of Jeanie Senior, called Jeanie, pronounced Janie - her enthusiastic biographer puts 'sic' after deviations, eccentrically rather than pedantically since Jeanie was christened Jane Elizabeth and named Jane on her tomb and even in this…

Review of George Eliot (Routledge Guides to Literature) by Nancy Henry

The physical format of this important overview is unattractive, the print small, with some forty-eight lines to the page giving the impression of overpacking to keep the cost down. This companion to George Eliot studies - it is in fact more than a…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2007: "Scenes and After"

The Folio Society's cosmetic edition of George Eliot's fiction, which was published in 1999, has no place on any spine of its seven-volume set for Scenes of Clerical Life. A search of the actual texts, however, reveals George Eliot's first published…

'Acting out' in Daniel Deronda

This short paper illustrates the way in which psychoanalytic perspectives can help us to understand the effect which a complex literary text like Daniel Deronda has on the reader. The two psychoanalytic perspectives used are Freud's insights into the…

Daniel Deronda: The Cultural Imperative of Religion

George Eliot's last novel Daniel Deronda differs strikingly from her earlier works in the presentation of its protagonists and her innovative use of the literary genres of realism and romanticism. In her earlier novels Eliot had espoused an idea of…

Review of Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems by Richard Menke

Richard Menke's study draws illuminating connections between the development of literary realism and the revolutionary changes which the nineteenth century saw in methods of communication and information management. Innovations such as the Penny…

Reflections on the 'Scenes Revisited' Festival

Members might be interested to read some reflections, several months on, of the Fellowship's involvement in the Nuneaton-based Scenes Revisited Festival which took place mostly during September 2007. One reason for this overview is that the…

Review of The Spanish Gypsy by George Eliot edited by A.D. van den Broek

This edition complements the two volume edition of The Complete Shorter Poetry of George Eliot, also edited by Antonie Gerard van den Broek and published by Pickering and Chatto in 2005. Like those volumes it presents an edited text and a mass of…

Review of The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot by Rachel Ablow and Victorian Fiction and the Insights of Sympathy: An Alternative to the Hermeneutics of Suspicion by Brigid Lowe

These two studies show that the ideological tug-of-war over the Victorian novel is far from over, and that George Eliot stands in the middle of it. Brigid Lowe's Victorian Fiction and the Insights of Sympathy is a bold and provocative attack on…

Editors' Note

Middlemarch has been in the public eye since our last issue: Erica Wagner's column in the Times for Saturday 13 October 2007 bore the heading 'How good is Middlemarch if you reread it? Better'; and on 24 May 2008 the Review section of the Saturday…

Annual Report - 2007

This has not been the easiest report to write, possibly being my last one. My first report forty years ago was so short - a mere half page - but, in those days the tiny Fellowship was doing very little so it was not difficult to write it. Little…

Notes on Contributors 2008

Kathleen Adams was Secretary of the Fellowship from 1968 until her retirement in the spring of this year. 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…