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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…

Living with George Eliot: A Tribute to my Parents

It was a strange but much-appreciated honour to be asked to address the annual George Eliot Fellowship lunch in 2016. It was strange because I'd attended many such events long ago - fewer more recently - and had always sat with the 'rank and file' on…

Bill Adams: A Tribute

With the passing of Bill Adams at the age of 92 we have truly reached the end of an era. Bill had a close association with the George Eliot Fellowship for fifty years and only two days before his death on 21 June he had laid a wreath in Nuneaton,…

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…

An Echo of the 'Holy War'

George Eliot's 'Holy War' began on 2 Jaunuary 1842 and lasted for four and a half months. That day her father made a significant entry in his Journal: 'Went to Trinity Church in the forenoon ... Mary Ann did not go'. In the protracted dispute with…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1991

It seems incredible that it is now eleven years since the very exciting and moving day in June 1980 when a great congregation of some seven hundred people witnessed the consecration of this memorial to George Eliot. In the years before, the…

Songs of The Spanish Gypsy

One day in May 1873 a curious letter was delivered to the Lewes's London home. Couched in the most formal terms, it read: Mr. C.V. Stanford presents his compliments to "George Eliot"and hopes he may be excused for troubling him (sic) with the…

The Kapellmeister

George Eliot was always careful to point out that while there were no direct portrayals of actual people in her fiction, her characters were drawn from acute observation of human behaviour in all its variety. Thus, we can surmise from the nature and…

Annual Report - 2006

My Address at the AGM is usually concerned with our plans and hopes for the future but perhaps on this rather special day I may be allowed a glance at the past. Last week I chaired a Council meeting for the last time; my first one was on 6 March…

Literature Crossword

CLUES ACROSS 1 Novel subtitled ‘A Study of Provincial Life’ (11) 6 ‘Rare’ Mr Jonson (3) 9 George ----, sixth Baron Byron (6) 11 Jane -----, by ‘Currer 26 across’ (4) 12 In ------ A.H.H., by Tennyson (8) 13 ‘Remembrance of things…

The Leavises on Fiction: An Historic Partnership by P.J.M. Robertson

Trying to follow the polemics of literary criticism is rather like trying to understand the progress of an aerial battle from the ground. One is aware of much noise and the incomprehensible twistings of the vapour trails of argument. However, anyone…

Double Acrostic Puzzle

Solve the clues and enter the answers in the upper diagram. When complete, their initial letters, read downwards, will spell out the name of one of George Eliot’s best-loved characters. Then transfer all the letters to the correspondingly numbered…

Double Acrostic Puzzle

Solve the clues and enter the answers in the upper diagram. When complete, their initial letters, read downwards, will spell out the location of a well-known George Eliot quotation. Then transfer all the letters to the correspondingly numbered…