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Kathleen and Bill Adams: Memories of Old Friends

About 55 years ago when we were engaged to be married, Ruth came down from Scotland to Coventry for a holiday, and I was concerned to demonstrate to her that Warwickshire had much to offer to the visitor and prospective resident. Having, as I…

Review of The Ladislaw Case by Imke Thormahlen and translated by Marianne Thormählen

We live in an age of prequels and sequels either in book form or in television serials, with nineteenth-century novelists providing the majority of the material for contemporary writers to develop or elaborate. It was perhaps only a matter of time…

Review of George Eliot by Rosemary Ashton

Oxford's publication of 'Bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures' brings to mind Pascal's famous apology for the length of his letter: 'I have not had time to make it shorter'. Would Rosemary Ashton, who has written…

Review of George Eliot's English Travels by Kathleen McCormack

When we think of George Eliot, the word 'travels' is likely to suggest journeys to far-flung places in foreign lands, but considered in an English setting, she seems to be locked in either Warwickshire or London. Kathleen McCormack, however, shows…

Review of Austen, Eliot, Charlotte Brontë and the Mentor-Lover by Patricia Menon

Patricia Menon's title may be cumbersome, but her theme of the lover who becomes the instructor, guide and judge is a fascinating one. In her Prologue, she finds the 'mentor-lover' in Richardson's Pamela, Rousseau's Émile, Dryden's adaptation of…

Review of Such Silver Currents: The Story of William and Lucy Clifford by M. Chisholm

This is the first biography to record the shared and separate lives of an unusual couple, a mathe-matical genius called William Clifford and his literary wife, Lucy. Their biographer, M. Chisholm, has had to confront the problem of different lives…

Silas Marner and Felix Holt: Affinities and Antitheses

At first sight there seems little to link Silas Marner with Felix Holt. There are certainly con-trasts, but it is harder to find similarities between a short pastoral idyll and a complex politi-cal work that looks forward to Middlemarch rather than…

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 1997

I am deeply grateful for the honour of being invited to lay a wreath in memory of George Eliot, and to lay it in a place that meant so much to her... Nuneaton. Before the heavens opened, I pictured us all gathered outside surrounded by green grass,…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference, University of Warwick, 1996: "George Eliot and Europe"

In July 1995, the English Department of the University of Warwick, in conjunction with the George Eliot Fellowship, hosted a week-end conference on George Eliot and Europe. This seemed a natural progression from the 1992 conference on George Eliot at…

Review of "George Eliot: Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil, Brother Jacob" edited by Peter Mudford

Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob have formed a triple alliance ever since they were first published together at George Eliot's request in the Cabinet Edition of 1878. That the fellowship is far from uneasy is proved by Peter Mudford in…

Review of Engaging with Shakespeare: Responses of George Eliot and Other Women Novelists by Marianne Novy

Virginia Woolf's comment, 'Literature is no one's private ground; literature is common ground', is a reminder in this age of intertextuality that writers have always lived off one another. Shakespeare himself was no exception. Marianne Novy's…

BBC 2 Night School: George Eliot

It is said that Napoleon interviewed his prisoners at three o'clock in the morning when their powers of resistance were at their lowest ebb. My video recorder saved me from test-ing his theory between the unearthly hours of 2.00 and 4.00 a.m. on…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1992: "The Names of George Eliot"

'What's in a name?’ asked Juliet. Our response would surely be different if Romeo were no longer called Romeo, and from that romantic balcony in Verona there came the cry: '0 Egbert, Egbert, wherefore art thou, Egbert?' As an exploration of George…

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…

A Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot: 1983

I am sure that when the recent Centenary plans were afoot, it must have seemed most unfair that George Eliot should have died on December 22nd. What a disobliging time to diet No wonder the time for celebration in Westminster Abbey was altered to…