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Review of George Eliot and Music by Beryl Gray

It was, perhaps, a happy portent that the future George Eliot should have been born on St. Cecilia's Day, 1819, for music was her chief delight. Doubtless they were her own sentiments that Maggie Tulliver was expressing when she said in "The Mill on…

Opening of 1969 Exhibition

On 16th. June, 1969. the Exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery, was officially opened by GABRIEL WOOLF, and this is the warmly personal speech that he made on that occasion. “Well,” as someone once said, “I’m uncommonly glad to be here,…

150th Anniversary Sermon

On Sunday, June 15th. 1969, at the George Eliot Commemoration Service, the Rev. Michael Mansbridge, B.A. Vicar of “Shepperton” preached this sermon. Creative artists of real talent and originality are few and far between Too often, in our…

A Letter from the Chairman of the Fellowship

I am pleased to have the opportunity of writing an introduction to this first edition of the George Eliot Fellowship Review, and to congratulate the Secretary, Mrs. Kathleen Adams on conceiving the idea of an annual appraisal of the Fellowship’s…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1971

Mr. Taylor began his address by saying that he is no expert on George Eliot and did not approach the subject in an academic way. He was 32 when he read her for the first time, although he had been forced to read ‘Silas Marner at school when he…

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Annual Report - 1970

If we were completely honest, I think many of us felt at the end of 1969, that special year of celebrations, that we had our work cut out to maintain the interest and enthusiasm engendered by the programme of events put on to pay tribute to George…

Wreath Laying, 1970

After laying the Fellowship wreath Mr. Day Lewis said:- The old Roman poets talked about the genius loci – the indwelling spirit of a place. And it is good that a town or district should do honour to one who has been its genius loci – the son or…

Wreath Laying, 1972

Mr. Garric opened his remarks by saying that in his mind he could hear two ghostly voices. One of them, the male one, is saying to the other, “Do we approve of this, my dear?”! But in more serious vein, he went on to speak of the responsibility…

Message from the President, Lucia Newdegate, 1971

The first issue of the George Eliot Fellowship Review last year provided all those who delight in the work of the novelist with a most useful survey of recent articles and events. I am sure that this second will be equally helpful, and a pleasure…

Annual Report - 1971

It is most rewarding that, at the end of my fourth year as Secretary, I can again report on a successful and stimulating year. The greatest danger to any society is a falling off of members but, in fact, our membership figures have never been…

Middlemarch Centenary Conference

The Conference held from 24th to 26th. March at Villiers Hall, University of Liecester, to celebrate the centenary of the publication of ‘Middlemarch’ provided a rare opportunity for about one hundred people to spend a weekend together in…

The George Eliot Fellowship and George Eliot

The George Eliot Fellowship exists to encourage and satisfy interest in the great Victorian novelist’s works, her life, her background – and that means from putting right the colonel who looked at George Eliot’s grave and said, ‘Isn’t he…

Review of "Scenes from an Improper Life" by Stella Martin

Leamington’s Loft Theatre have taken a risk with their Golden Jubilee production. Rather than settling for an established showpiece, they have chosen to give us a world premiere – a play about the life of the novelist George Eliot. Risks are…

Review of 'The Story of Gwendolen Harleth' - Radio Adaptation Controversy

Another good bit of honest work was ‘The Story of Gwendolen Harleth’ abridged from ‘Daniel Deronda’, produced by Virginia Browne-Wilkinson originally for Woman’s Hour, and just concluded in the Book at Bedtime slot. I don’t usually listen…

Message From the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1972

George Eliot was never more alive than she is now. It sounds odd, but a moment’s thought will indicate what is meant. Her work is being read by more people than ever. Universities round the world, from Moscow to Berkley, bring their students face…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1973: "The True Heroine of Middlemarch"

Dorothea Brooke is ordinarily referred to as the “heroine” of Middlemarch. If we define it as the principal figure, she can probably qualify. Yet her choice of Mrs. Casaubon as a husband was a foolish mistake, and her second choice, Will…

In the Vanguard of Women's Lib: George Eliot

George Eliot was writing brilliantly against women’s inferior status as early as the 1850’s, at a time when serious education for women was in its infancy. She reviewed books for the ‘Westminster Review’ and she was profoundly irritated by…

Review of George Eliot and her World by Marghanita Laski and George Eliot by T.S. Pearce

There have been a crop of biographies of one sort or another since George Eliot’s death ninety-three years ago, but this is the first one to be fully illustrated. The 123 illustrations are not all totally relevant but this is a small arrow to be…

Report from Israel

On one of her visits to England I met Mrs. Levitt in London and we talked of the desirability of establishing the Fellowship in Israel (Mrs. Levitt is a life member of the parent organisation). It was felt that 1973 was a most suitable year to do…

Message from the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1973

Dear Members, I think that 1972 may come to be called the year in which the George Eliot Fellowship “arrived”. Elsewhere in the Review you will find reports on the activities of an outstanding year which make very fine reading, and I would like…

Annual Report - 1972

Each time I begin to prepare an annual report I look back at the previous ones. They always start with an expression of satisfaction at the continued growth, development and success of the Fellowship. I am surprised and pleased a little more each…

Annual Report - 1973

At the front of the Fello ship index is a card on which is kept a tally of membership numbers. Completing it as each subscription is received becomes quite fascinating, particularly as the year progresses and we begin to reach the previous year’s…

George Eliot's Aesthetic Immortality

As members of the George Eliot Fellowship are well aware, George Eliot died on December 22nd. 1880, and was buried in the unconsecrated portion of Highgate Cemetery by the side of George Henry Lewes. On the lid of her coffin was the inscription from…

What's in a Name?

Students and lovers of the writings of George Eliot are generally so absorbed by the intellectual brilliance of her work and the depth of her insight into human strengths and weaknesses that they seldom spare a few thoughts on some of the more…

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