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Kathleen Adams, A Tribute

All but 50 years we knew each other. And I think George Eliot owes Kathleen Adams a lot. This is common knowledge - for where would the Fellowship be without her tireless efforts. Westminster Abbey, the Nuneaton statue, membership numbers: these are…

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 - 1979

I have been thinking about George Eliot’s education; this has something to do with my having a son at present at the University of Warwick, and university being a place I never got to. George Eliot and George Henry Lewes started serious study only…

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…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2004

150 years ago, in 1854, George Eliot, still Marian Evans at that point, and George Henry Lewes made the momentous decision to live together. They did so for 24 years until Lewes died and, in the first five years together, made literary history. We…

Gwendolyn's Story from Daniel Deronda (Audio Casette), read by Gabriel Woolf and Rosalind Shanks

In 1902, the essayist, Leslie Stephen, wrote that Daniel Deronda was 'two stories put side by side' and the 'Gwendolen Story' taken by itself was a 'masterly piece of social satire'. In his biography of George Eliot, Gordon Haight makes a general…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1996

What can I say about the great writer whom we are gathered here to commemorate that is new, witty or informative or even interesting? After all, you will appreciate that I am not an academic so I can't offer you a Marxist viewpoint, certainly not a…

A Tribute to Gabriel Woolf

June 1994 saw the 25th anniversary of Gabriel Woolf's involvement with the George Eliot Fellowship, working with and for the Fellowship in its efforts to promote interest in George Eliot's life and works. We are very fortunate that George Eliot is,…

Audio Cassette Review: Gabriel Woolf Reads a Second Selection from George Eliot

Gabriel WooIf' s second cassette of readings from George Eliot begins and ends with her poetry. However we assess the value of her poems, there can be no doubt that they raise issues that were fundamental to her. Nor can there be any doubt that the…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1989

Our invitation to Gabriel Woolf to propose the Toast on this annual occasion was given so that we could say thank you to him for 20 years of work on our behalf in promoting George Eliot in his own unique way. In proposing the Toast he began by…

Enter the Aunts - The 1990 Readings by Gabriel Woolf

A mind had certainly been present in choosing the programme, which provided a perfect blend of George Eliot and The Others. The bickering aunts from The Mill on the Floss seem to be everyone's favourites. George Eliot no doubt drew on her memories of…

Review of 'With Great Pleasure' - the 1989 Readings by Gabriel Woolf

Well, Gabriel, you have completed the first twenty that 'will not come again'. It gives us great pleasure to say "thank you", on behalf of the George Eliot Fellowship, for all you have done for us. After twenty years we regard you as one of the…

Review of 'The Warwichshire Pen' - The 1988 George Eliot Readings by Gabriel Woolf

Being born in Warwickshire, it seems, confers distinction upon those who write. I can make this statement without giving myself airs, since I was born in another county, and, according to Gabriel Woolf, merely to dwell in Warwickshire is no guarantee…

How, Twenty Years Ago, the George Eliot Fellowship Found Gabriel Woolf

Starting a new friendship is often a very chancey business and none more so than the friendship which developed between The George Eliot Fellowship and one of its staunchest supporters, Gabriel Woolf. Gabriel's recent 20th visit to Warwickshire to…

Review of Tea and Sprouts: The 1987 George Eliot Readings by Gabriel Woolf

Does the Englishman eat and drink only to stay alive? Using evidence provided by George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Jerome K. Jerome, Lewis Carroll and the poetic ponderings of mighty and minor poets, Gabriel Woolf took a…

Review of Silas Marner - Not Quite a "Common Ol' Workin' Man" by Gabriel Woolf

To compile a programme of Readings about 'the curse of the drinking classes' (Oscar Wilde) which is both satisfying and moving, requires some diligence and industry. This belies Gabriel Woolf's statement, as he introduced himself to his audience,…

Gabriel Woolf: A Profile

It is just ten years since Gabriel Woolf and the George Eliot Fellowship first met each other – an accident that might never have occurred if the Fellowship Council had not been in desperate need of some sort of a V.I.P. Early in 1969 an…

The Literary Godfather (excerpts)

On April 23rd. a radio programme was broadcast by the BBC about GEORGE HENRY LEWES as part of a series about people who had helped the famous in their work. The inclusion of Lewes was a particularly suitable one in the year of the centenary of his…

Review of Gabriel Woolf's Reading: By George, It's Worth Going

I totally accept the truism that it's better to travel hopefully than to arrive. And it is only my incurable optimism which allows me to set out on so many theatrical journeys with new enthusiasm when my hopes have so often been dashed the night…

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…

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…

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,…