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Felix Holt and 'a fine sight of lawsuits'

During the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, much was said about his Warwickshire roots, and commentators noted, not for the first time, his use of Warwickshire dialect. The same is frequently said about George…

A Being Apart': Sympathy and Distance in Middlemarch (Prize Essay)

Moral philosophers have long observed that human beings strain to feel compassionate concern for people whose lives are distant from their own. Aristotle proposed in the Rhetoric that we tend to pity people who resemble us in age, character, habits,…

Japanese Branch Report 2015

On Saturday 28 November 2015, the Nineteenth Annual Convention of The George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Obirin University. The morning session started with an opening address by Maiko Otake (Oborin University). Two papers were presented in…

The Egyptian Sorcerer in Adam Bede

Many scholars and critics have discussed the symbolic significance of the famous opening sentence of Adam Bede and related it to George Eliot's own narrative method, but the precise workings of the Egyptian sorcerer's magical exercise in divination…

Editors' Note

This year's issue of the George Eliot Review is the first for more than two decades that has not been shaped by the editorial hand of Beryl Gray. Beryl joined Graham Handley as co-editor in 1992 and continued until 2015, playing the leading role in…

Barbara Hardy on Dickens

1970, the centenary year of Dickens's death, saw a flood of books published on the novelist including several by distinguished writers and critics ranging from F.R. Leavis to J. B. Priestley. One of the best, and most ground-breaking, of these latter…

An American Tribute to Barbara Hardy

Isobel Armstrong begins her wonderful obituary for Barbara in the Guardian by noting how Barbara loved a good argument. No consideration of what Barbara Hardy has left us can get anywhere without recognition that she was a feisty woman. She was also…

Barbara Hardy in France

Barbara Hardy was a well-known figure among French Victorianists, probably because she had written on three at least of the major novelists of the period, Dickens, Thackeray and George Eliot, not to forget Thomas Hardy and a few others. One of my…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference University of London, 2015: "Daniel Deronda"

The conference opened with a characteristically rich and incisive paper by Barbara Hardy (Birkbeck), 'Re-Reading Daniel Deronda', which, sadly, was the last she was to deliver (see Obituary and Tributes elsewhere in this issue). She began by drawing…

Two Sequels to Daniel Deronda

The two sequels of my title are a seven page satirical squib in Mr Punch's Pocket-Book for 1877 entitled 'Daniel Deronda, Book IX', and a short novel or long story of around 50,000 words - much the same length as ' Mr Gilfil's Love-Story' -…

Review of Selections From George Eliot's Letters by Gordon S. Haight

This is a most welcome and meticulous distillation of Dr. Haight's The George Eliot Letters in nine volumes, which in this age of the video cassette will be inaccessibIe even in many good reference libraries. My only reservation about the editing of…

An Evening WIth Steve Race

Take a mixture of gentle humour, superb professionalism, excellent timing and a love of music of many kinds, and you have' An Evening with Steve Race'. The popular chairman of BBC TV's and Radio's 'My Music' programme has been a much loved public…

Ignorance and Power: George Eliot's Attack on Professional Incompetence

Throughout both her essays and her fiction, George Eliot shows little patience with ignorance, in the epigraph to chapter 21 of Daniel Deronda she states, "It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the…

On Location with Silas Marner

If you have ever regarded the life of an actor to be a glamorous one, it would have been something of an eye-opener to have visited the location of the BBC Television film of 'Silas Marner' on a cold March day. The day had followed one of almost…

The Mill on the Floss: The Author's Tone of Voice

It is a breathtaking evening at the Fortune Theatre, in the sense that we come to share the actress's evident inhalation of the novel and exhalation of it - all in two hours for us. It can hardly be described as breathtaking entertainment since "The…

Review of The Mill on the Floss at the Fortune Theatre, London

“George Eliot" seems to be fashionable at the moment. I gather that Sias Marner is planned for television. Now Margaret Wolfit, Sir Donald's actress daughter, has managed to get her single-handed stage version of The Mill On The Floss into two…

Review of 'A Delicious Effervescence of the Mind': 1985 George Eliot Readings

"A delicious effervescence of the mind"? It is not a quality that one immediately associates with George Eliot, whose name and countenance promise more of the sturdier attributes and less of the "fizz". Yet in a brilliant recital by Gabriel Woolf and…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot - 1984

Having been aware, for some time, that I was about to undergo what I thought would be an ordeal, but which I realise may even turn out to be an enjoyable experience, I have been looking out for ways and means of getting through my allotted time…

Middlemarch: Three Italian Journeys

In Middlemarch, Dorothea' s intense moment of disillusionment in Rome has been generally traced to Eliot's own Italian journey of 1860, when, as Gordon s. Haight notes (324), the disappointment in many sights of the Eternal City paralleled her…

The Quality of Humour in Brother Jacob

'Brother Jacob' was written in 1860. but not published until 1864. some months after Romola had completed its run in the Cornhill Magazine. At first sight it appears to be an undistinguished piece of work, with the omniscient author well in evidence.…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1984

It was George Eliot's Parson GiIfil who "smoked very long pipes, and preached very short sermons". Anyone speaking on this occasion (whether clergyman or layman) should remember Parson GiIfil, and preach a very short sermon! But standing here, and…

George Eliot's Theory of the Novel

By the time George Eliot began work on Scenes of Clerical Life late in 1856, she already had in mind a pretty clear idea of what a novel ought to be. Here her work for the Westminster Review and the Leader had been of great assistance, for it had…

Poem: George Eliot Country

From this Midland scene - glum slag heaps, barge canals, gray sheep, the vivid overlap of wheat field and mustard hillside like out-of-season sunshine, the crabbed silhouette of oak trees (each joint a knot, each knot a principled demurral: tough,…