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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…

1980 President's Message

Dear Members, Just about the only hiccough in the smooth course of the Unveiling Ceremony occurred during our rehearsal session, before the ‘public’ arrived. The microphone was perhaps not at all that we might have hoped for: however we readers…

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…

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…

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…

Message from the President, Tenniel Evans, 1983

I send you all my greetings once again. The death of the Hon. Mrs. FitzRoy Newdegate represents for all of us the passing of one of the last links with what we now look upon as the expansive and gracious pre-war days of Empire, when the sun always…

Message from the President, Tenniel Evans, 1979

Dear Members, I have just been directing my first play; if you have sensitive nerves, it is not an occupation I would recommend. If you add the further ingredient that it is a religious piece, then your self-exposure seems total. So you know now how…

Message from the President, Tenniel Evans, 1978

Dear Members, What a great pleasure it was during May to meet so many Fellowship members who came on the outing to Buckinghamshire, finishing up in my own village of Jordans. As I stood waving the coach away from the Hostel, where we had all had…

Message from the President, Tenniel Evans, 1977

Being elected President of the Fellowship has been a great stimulus in doing what I should have done years ago – what my family calls ‘finding out about Auntie’. The fact that it is great-great-Auntie is neither here nor there; anyway, Auntie by…

Message from the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1976

In a supermarket, coming across an acquaintance naturally leads to greetings, nods and smiles. Not infrequently, a person once encountered at the saups, is met again at the tea and coffee, then at frozen chickens, and unless evasive action is taken,…

Message from the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1976

Dear Friends, Perhaps it is treason for a George Eliot addict to cease to be Vicar of ‘Shepperton’. Alas, the rural parish which nurtured Mary Anne Evans’ early years has changed into a lively and complex urban parish with a population of over…

Message From the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1974

Dear Friends, In the setting of a literary society, enthusiasm should be free to move forward unrestrained. The like-minded can there come together to explore a writer’s works and ideas. They can study the life and homes of their chosen writer, to…

Message from the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1973

Dear Members, I think that 1972 may come to be called the year in which the George Eliot Fellowship “arrived”. Elsewhere in the Review you will find reports on the activities of an outstanding year which make very fine reading, and I would like to…

Message From the President, Michael Mansbridge, 1972

George Eliot was never more alive than she is now. It sounds odd, but a moment’s thought will indicate what is meant. Her work is being read by more people than ever. Universities round the world, from Moscow to Berkley, bring their students face to…

Message from the President, Lucia Newdegate, 1971

The first issue of the George Eliot Fellowship Review last year provided all those who delight in the work of the novelist with a most useful survey of recent articles and events. I am sure that this second will be equally helpful, and a pleasure…