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Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot - 1984

Having been aware, for some time, that I was about to undergo what I thought would be an ordeal, but which I realise may even turn out to be an enjoyable experience, I have been looking out for ways and means of getting through my allotted time…

President's Message 1985

The first year of my presidency of the George Eliot Fellowship has now safely passed, and how quickly it went! I have much enjoyed it, and though, for reasons of distance and available time, I have missed many of the most interesting functions with…

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 George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2002

I thought that I would talk today about a previously unexplored topic - George Eliot and cats. Unfortunately I find that the reason why the topic is previously unexplored is that George Eliot, unlike the other Eliot, had very little, or possibly…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2000

When Gabriel Woolf was standing here a few years ago, he told us the various things that he was not, in relation to George Eliot; for example that he was not an author fresh from the tri-umph of the latest biography or other learned work, or an…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1994

If every dog has its day, perhaps every novel has its year and if so this is the year of Middlemarch. I looked forward to the television production with some misgivings, feeling that it would be impossible for the immense depth and scope of the novel…

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,…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1993

I write my annual greeting to members of the George Eliot Fellowship surrounded by inspiring objects. To my right not one, but two bronzes, John Letts's bust of George Eliot and his statue miniature, the latter next to a beautifully bound 1863…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1992

Having left the composition of my message to members of the Fellowship, as always, until the last possible moment, I looked to see whether I could find some words of George Eliot appropriate to my predicament. In such a situation Mr Alexander Main is…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1991

This year I write my annual greeting to the Fellowship between two very special occasions. Last June we celebrated in Westminster Abbey the Tenth Anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial Stone. The occasion was made particularly memorable by the…

Review of Octavia Hill: A Life by Gillian Darley

It is perhaps surprising that there has been no full length biography, since Moberley Bell's some 50 years ago, of one of the truly great Victorian women, whose public stature in her own time can be appreciated in the fact that, as one of the three…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1990

It hardly seems possible that ten years have passed since the memorial stone was laid in Westminster Abbey. For the George Eliot Fel-lowship the stone-laying was an end, the accom-plishment of something worked for for many years. For me it was a…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1988

Having been intrigued by the puzzle on P.87 of the previous edition of the Review my mind has turned to anagrams (perhaps the Review should have a crossword puzzle – I enjoy a crossword puzzle!) but without any great success. Trying "George Eliot"…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1984

Having recently played, not for the first time, the part of Pooh-Bah in 'The Mikado', I am as familiar as most people with the concept of family pride. Pooh-Bah, it will be recalled, was descended from a primordial protoplasmal, atomic globule. My…

Jonathan G. Ouvry: A Profile

The Fellowship first made contact with Jonathan Ouvry at the time of the George Eliot Centenary 1980, when members of G.H. Lewes's family were present at Westminster Abbey in considerable numbers. Jonathan made a greater impression, perhaps, because…

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…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1987

Having very much enjoyed my three year spell as President of the Fellowship I was delighted and honoured to hear from Kathleen Adams that I had been re-elected. She allayed my suspicion that this was simply to avoid the expense of reprinting the…

Speech at the Unveiling of George Eliot Statue - Jonathan Ouvry

Putting up a statue has been, for some two or three thousand years, a favourite way of keeping alive the memory of a person worthy to be remembered. Whatever the reason, it must be the case that only the most exceptional talents are now memorialized…

Message from the President, Jonathan Ouvry, 1986

That this last year has been of particular significance in the life of the Fellowship needs no emphasis from me. NewsIetters throughout the year, and reports in this Review, will have informed those members who for reasons of distance or otherwise…