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Idlers and Collaborators: Enter the Dog

Both George Eliot and her older contemporary, Charles Dickens, introduced dogs into their fiction before introducing any into their homes. By the time Dickens was given the first of his many dogs he had invented Ponto, the sagacious pointer described…

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Remembering Barbara Hardy

Everyone who reads this Review is certain to have read Middlemarch, and everyone who has read Middlemarch can recall the scene in chapter 15 when the narrator describes how Tertius Lydgate had discovered his vocation. Nothing he had studied in his…

Riding Horses in Middlemarch

'George Eliot's Peculiar Passion' the title of an article by Sarah Wintle, refers to the belief expressed by Katherine Mansfield in a letter to her husband, John Middleton Murry, that George Eliot had a 'peculiar passion for horses'. At the beginning…

Review of The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination by Beryl Gray

The nineteenth century saw great changes in the way the English thought about animals. This wasn't only because of Darwinian revelations; it was also the result of increased urbanization and industrialization. Less frequently confined to the farmyard…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2014

Every one of us attending this ceremony in Poets' Corner today is surely conscious of a great debt of gratitude to George Eliot for the legacy of her works. This year, partly due to the appearance of Rebecca Mead's memoir, one particular work -…

Superior Domesticity: Two George Eliot Cats

The Persian cat, Hafiz, appears in two scenes in Daniel Deronda (1876). The first of these appearances occurs in chapter 18, which introduces the compact, creative little Meyrick women - mother and three daughters - just as they are about to become…

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Editor's Note

1. The articles in this issue by Dinah Birch, Rachel Bowlby, Barbara Hardy, and Josephine McDonagh were originally delivered as papers at the Adam Bede conference held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, on 7 November 2009. 2.…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2009

2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of two works of fiction by George Eliot. As no one here could fail to know, throughout the year there have been all kinds of celebrations of her first - and wonderful- novel, Adam Bede (and the word…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2003

I'm a member of just two literary fellowships: one, or course, is the George Eliot Fellowship; the other is the Dickens Fellowship. As a Dickensian as well as an Eliotian, I'm very aware of the fact that, almost every year since 1986, which marked…

Editors' Note

We wish to correct the following typographical errors that occurred in June Skye Szirotny's 'Edward Casaubon and Herbert Spencer' (George Eliot Review No. 32 [2001], pp. 29-43): p. 31 , I. 31 after ). insert [sic ] p. 34, I. 11 for our read our p.…

George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and Dogs

[I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Michael Slater for his invaluable comments on a draft of this paper, a version of which was presented at the George Eliot: Life and Letters con-ference held at the Institute of English Studies, University…

Nobody's Daughters: Dickens's Tattycoram and George Eliot's Caterina Sarti

Doughty Street, where Dickens lived for three years (1836-9), is within a stone's throw of the site of London's Hospital for Foundling Children, which was established in 1739 by the retired sea-captain, Thomas Coram, whom Dickens venerated.…

A Tchaikovsky/George Eliot Opera that never happened

The Tchaikovsky Museum at Klin in Moscow in Russia had, amongst the composer's papers, a manuscript of fragments of a scenario for an opera on the theme of 'Mr Gilfil's Love-Story', the second story in Scenes of Clerical Life. Tchaikovsky modestly…

EMW: The Stereotyped Edition's Title Page Vignettes

On 2 November 1866, George Eliot wrote to John Blackwood approving of his proposal to publish an illustrated edition of her books. The project, she saw, was a wise one, as likely to assist in [the books'] circulation. In the abstract I object to…

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Review of The Mill and the Floss: A New Edition ed. Beryl Gray

Where texts are concerned the modem student of Victorian Fiction has an Aladdin's Cave to choose from. The title under review is The Mill on the Floss. High-street bookshops will have on display in their 'classics' section up to seven competing…

Review of The Mill on the Floss BBC 1, 1 January 1997

In this lamentably impoverished adaptation by Hugh Stoddart (directed by Graham Theakston), a character identified as Sophy Deane (played by Joanna David) masqueraded as one of three Dodson sisters. That George Eliot created a unit of four sisters is…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1996

A friendly neighbour, who knew I was fond of ‘old things’, recently offered to let me look at a yellowing, crisply fragile newspaper that was in her possession. Unfolded, the crumbling broadsheet proved to be a copy of the Daily Mail for…

Review of The Gladness of the World: A Celebration of George Eliot in Words and Music

The Gladness of the World (the title is a quotation of the concluding words of George Eliot's religiously humanistic poem, '0 May I Join the Choir Invisible') was a'wide-rang-ing, often moving, programme of readings of passages from George Eliot, and…

London Branch Report 1993

This is our farewell note as officers of the London Branch. We resigned in April, Michael Forrest our Secretary in March. We understand that the Fellowship Council has approved Elizabeth Gundrey's ideas for a number of events to be held in the future…

Editor's Note

After twelve years as its co-editor, Dr Graham Handley has decided to resign from the Review. He has many exciting literary projects - George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope - which are going to occupy him full time, though I know that his…

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London Branch Report 1992

The London Branch celebrated George Eliot's birthday by holding a luncheon in her honour on 29th November at St Philip's Church, Earls Court Road, London W8. This was attended by about 40 members and friends, and was preceded by a programme of…

London Branch Report 1991

Although the London Branch undertook nothing specific this year, it was represented by Graham Handley, Beryl Gray, Michael Forrest and Margaret Wolfit at a pleasant ceremony in Richmond on 22nd April 1992, when a plaque commemorating George Eliot was…

Review of G.H. Lewes: A Life by Rosemary Ashton

For a very long time, George Henry Lewes's reputation has centred on the fact that, for the last 25 years of his life, he was George Eliot's partner. Not a vast number of people have cared to know very much about him beyond an idea, perhaps, that he…

Review of The Mill on the Floss, Dramatized for BBC Radio 4 by Michelene Wandor

In the radio dramatization of a novel, it is left to the actors to persuade us that they are the individuals whose roles they undertake, but it remains the responsibility of the scriptwriter to select and organize those roles with respect for the…

George Eliot and The Linnet's Life

In the last year of her life, George Eliot gave John Walter Cross her copy of The Linnet's Life, which was published in 1822. At an earlier time she had inscribed on the recto of the frontispiece: "This little book is the first present I ever…

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