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Review of George Eliot and the Politics of National Inheritance by Bernard Semmel

This is a study of George Eliot's political imagination which traces the theme of inheritance through her fiction, taking it both in its ordinary sense of property bequeathed from
one generation to another and in the extended sense of the…

Death and Recollection: The Elegiac Dimension of Scenes of Clerical Life

Perversely, though perhaps appropriately for a paper on death, I want to begin at the end. George Eliot's last novel, Daniel Deronda, ends with a good death: that of Ezra Mordecai, dying with the arms of Mirah and Deronda around him, and feeling 'an…

Review of Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature by Ruth Liversey

Starting from the observation that so many of the major Victorian novels are set, not in the railway age in which they were written, but in the horse-drawn world of the previous generation, a world that is 'just past', this fine study explores the…

Review of The Transferred Life of George Eliot by Philip Davis

There have been several good new biographies of George Eliot in recent years but none quite like this. Davis's subtle and searching analysis focuses almost exclusively on the writing as he traces the complex ways in which the experience of Mary Ann,…

Editors' Note

This year's issue of the George Eliot Review is the first for more than two decades that has not been shaped by the editorial hand of Beryl Gray. Beryl joined Graham Handley as co-editor in 1992 and continued until 2015, playing the leading role in…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference University of London, 2015: "Daniel Deronda"

The conference opened with a characteristically rich and incisive paper by Barbara Hardy (Birkbeck), 'Re-Reading Daniel Deronda', which, sadly, was the last she was to deliver (see Obituary and Tributes elsewhere in this issue). She began by drawing…

Two Sequels to Daniel Deronda

The two sequels of my title are a seven page satirical squib in Mr Punch's Pocket-Book for 1877 entitled 'Daniel Deronda, Book IX', and a short novel or long story of around 50,000 words - much the same length as ' Mr Gilfil's Love-Story' -…

Notes on Contributors 2016

Note: due to a printing error, contributor Michael Halliwell was mistakenly listed as David Halliwell.Isobel Armstrong is Professor Emerita of English at Birkbeck University of London. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and…

Review of Heathen and Outcast: Scenes in the Life of George Eliot by Robert Muscutt

This fictionalized version of George Eliot's life between 1841 and 1854 takes as its starting point Edith Simcox's account of visiting the Midlands after the novelist's death and collecting material for a biography which, in the end, was never…

Review of Reading for Our Time: 'Adam Bede' and 'Middlemarch' Revisited by J. Hillis Miller

As his sub-title indicates, J. Hillis Miller is returning in his latest book to the study of George Eliot, bringing to bear on Adam Bede and Middlemarch the insight and erudition acquired in a long and distinguished career as a scholar and critic. He…

Review of George Eliot: Interviews and Recollections edited by K. K. Collins

In his introduction to this fascinating collection of accounts and comments by those who met George Eliot, K. K. Collins points out that modem biographies draw on about forty recollections that have come to form a canon of reminiscence. To this canon…

Review of Charles Dickens by Michael Slater

On the first page of this splendid new biography, Dickens is cited referring to his own earliest writings as 'certain tragedies achieved at the mature age of eight or ten and represented with great applause to overflowing nurseries'. The genially…

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, 2008

I have attended several birthday luncheons over the years and I am very pleased and honoured to have been invited this year to propose the toast. The fact that this is a birthday celebration has prompted me to wonder how George Eliot herself was wont…

Review of 142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London by Rosemary Ashton and George Eliot in Germany, 1854-55 by Gerlinde Röder-Bolton

The outlines of Marian Evans's life in the years immediately preceding her emergence as George Eliot are well-known-her work for the Westminster Review, her relationships with Chapman, Spencer and Lewes, and then her departure with the latter to…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2005: "George Eliot and Weimar: 'an affinity for what the world calls "dull places'"

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, in June and July 1855, the future George Eliot published two articles in Fraser 's Magazine about her experiences in Weimar with G. H. Lewes between August and November 1854: 'Three Months in Weimar' and…