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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 40: 2009

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2008

I have attended several birthday luncheons over the years and I am very pleased and honoured to have been invited this year to propose the toast. The fact that this is a birthday celebration has prompted me to wonder how George Eliot herself was wont…

Japanese Branch Report 2008

On Saturday 29 November 2008, the twelfth Annual Convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Kinki University. The morning session began with an opening remark by Yosie Abe (Shoin University), followed by a welcome address by…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2008: "Who was Mrs Nassau Senior? Was She the Inspiration for George Eliot's Dorothea in Middlemarch?"

Who was Jeanie Senior before Octavia Hill introduced her to George Eliot in October 1866? Born Jeanie Hughes in 1828, the cherished daughter and only sister of seven brothers, she had started life as a happier Maggie Tulliver - keenly alive, with a…

Review of Eliot's Middlemarch: Reader's Guide by Josie Billington

This new 'Reader's Guide' successfully complements two preceding works that were written for the same purpose of providing information and interpretation for readers of Middlemarch in a compact form: those by Karen Chase for Cambridge University…

Orchestrating Society: The Merging of Language and Voice to Create Social Bonds in Romola

George Eliot's Romola (1863) reflects her interest in using musical metaphor to explain how relationships are formed. She explores more fully than she has done before this point in her career how language and the human voice function as music; she…

George Eliot's Middlemarch as a Translation of Spinoza's Ethics

In 1846 John Chapman of Newgate Street published a translation of David Strauss's Das Leben Jesu. Although no translator was accredited, this book was the result of two years' arduous work by Mary Ann Evans, the woman who would later achieve renown…

J.W. Cross Defends G. H. Lewes

Early in 1881, John Cross, widowed after only seven months of married life, set about the task of preparing a biography of his famous wife. He faced a number of challenges. The most daunting were the various sensitivities inherent in the life story…

Review of George Eliot: Novelist, Lover, Wife by Brenda Maddox

The distorted cover-image of George Eliot with a strange pen and a very small writing book. and the mind-reading at the beginning which tells us that one glance at the newborn Mary Ann, already possessed of a 'large drooping nose, long chin,…

George Eliot to Martha Jackson: A New Holograph Letter with Unpublished Passages

The letter reproduced above was written by George Eliot, then Mary Ann Evans, to Martha lackson and has been made available to The George Eliot Review by its present owner, Matthew Wilson, who inherited it from his mother, Shirley Wilson, who worked…

George Eliot and the Female Tradition: A Little-Known Source

In an essay published in the Westminster Review in 1856, George Eliot delivered a scathing indictment of 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists' which (she claimed) lack verisimilitude, 'intellectual power' and 'moral qualities'. The skill of such a writer…

Review of Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture edited by Penny Gay, Judith Johnston and Catherine Waters

The inside of this volume offers exactly the pleasurable variety and range of interest promised by its outside (the beautifully reproduced cover image is Ernest Dudley Heath's Piccadilly Circus at Night, 1893). As its title suggests, the volume,…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference, 2008: "on 'George Eliot's Beginnings: Scenes of Clerical Life Celebrated'"

Over three dozen people from around the United Kingdom and beyond gathered on Saturday 1 November 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication, in volume form, of George Eliot's Scenes of Clerical Life. Barbara Hardy warmly welcomed the…

Review of Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot by Elizabeth Sabiston

Elizabeth Sabiston's Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot is a somewhat perplexing book. Ostensibly, Sabiston sets out to contribute to ongoing discussions about the difficulties faced by nineteenth-century women writers, who 'were…

Notes on Contributors 2009

Lucy Amis is the daughter of Margaret Wolfit and currently works at the International Business Leaders Forum, a London-based educational charity which focuses on how global companies can conduct their business in ways that demonstrate respect for…

Margaret Wolfit Obituary

My Mum, Margaret Wolfit (Amis) passed away on 20th September. I wanted to write to reassure everyone that she didn't suffer for long and that 2008 was a decent year in many ways. As you may know, she'd been treated for breast cancer thirteen years…