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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…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot - 1979

I have been thinking about George Eliot’s education; this has something to do with my having a son at present at the University of Warwick, and university being a place I never got to. George Eliot and George Henry Lewes started serious study only…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2013

First of all may I say what an enormous honour it is to be asked to speak on this very special occasion. When John asked me in January what I was doing on 24 November, I was obviously not quick enough to think of a reason to duck out of…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2009

2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of two works of fiction by George Eliot. As no one here could fail to know, throughout the year there have been all kinds of celebrations of her first - and wonderful- novel, Adam Bede (and the word…

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…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am extremely grateful to you for inviting me here today to give this speech on George Eliot's Birthday. It is a real pleasure and very flattering: I hope I can live up to expectations. If you had told me a year ago that I…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2006

I was surprised, honoured and delighted by the invitation to join you today and propose the toast to the immortal memory of George Eliot. I am no George Eliot expert, or indeed scholar, although I am an enthusiast. She is, after all, Warwickshire's…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2005

I always used to be an admirer of Charles Lamb until I read recently his view of bluestockings or intellectual women writers: 'If she belonged to me I would lock her up and feed her on bread and water, till she left off writing poetry. A female poet,…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a special year because it is 150 years since George Eliot and G. H. Lewes began to live together openly. 22 November 1854 was her thirty-fifth birthday. Where were she and Lewes? What were they doing? They were in…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2003

Foreword: I have written the following speech after I delivered it - long after. Much thought went into the preparation. However I did not want to read at the lunch, I wanted to talk. I spoke with only skeletal notes and a script of 'The Female…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2002

In November 2002, 'my' adaptation of Daniel Deronda finally reached the screen, on BBC1. The production had been anticipated for years, and many people must have wondered what made it take so long. Middlemarch, in 1994, had been a great labour of…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2002

I would like to thank you for inviting Jane and me to the wreath-laying and to this luncheon and the opportunity to propose the toast to the immortal memory of George Eliot. It is over a year ago that I was walking through the corridors of Leeds…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1999

It is a tremendous honour to be talking to you today. When I first started work on my biogra-phy of George Eliot back in 1993 I never imagined that I would one day be celebrating her birthday with the people to whom her life and work mean so much,…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1998

Sixty-two years ago, almost to the day - a freezing 25 November 1936 - I arrived at the London docks from Africa and came, without realizing it at the time, to live in the country of my background. I was to live with Alison and Rupert Winser and…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1997

I'm sure you all know more about George Eliot than I do, so I thought I'd talk for a few min-utes about the difficulties and joys of adapting her work, and especially Adam Bede for the stage. I'd been asked to adapt Adam Bede for the Orange Tree…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1996

A friendly neighbour, who knew I was fond of ‘old things’, recently offered to let me look at a yellowing, crisply fragile newspaper that was in her possession. Unfolded, the crumbling broadsheet proved to be a copy of the Daily Mail for Wednesday,…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1991

Moving house - that worrying, complicated, exciting experience we've all had! - And moving house in November too - not an inspiring month for new beginnings! But it was just that upheaval of moving house, and just at this time of year, that Marian…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1989

Our invitation to Gabriel Woolf to propose the Toast on this annual occasion was given so that we could say thank you to him for 20 years of work on our behalf in promoting George Eliot in his own unique way. In proposing the Toast he began by…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1988

In May 1869 George Eliot received what she described as "a really noble letter from the American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe full of admiration of Silas Marner The Mill on the Floss and Adam Bede" and although they never met, there seems to have…

George Eliot and Friendship: The Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot

Before going on to my chosen subject I thought you might like to hear a little about this new biography of George Eliot. You could indeed be forgiven for saying, 'Not another biography of George Eliot'. A new study must come out most years, either in…

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…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2000

Now I am in my thirty-second year as Secretary of the Fellowship, Bill and I can look back over those years and realize what an immense change they have made to our lives. When we joined the tiny Fellowship in 1965 we could have had no idea what was…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1986

In 1838, at the age of 18, Mary Ann Evans was deep in her evangelical period, taking everything very, very seriously. On a visit to London with her brother Isaac she refused to accompany him to the theatre, preferring instead to stay home and read…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1985

In proposing this toast I thought I would like to look briefly at George Eliot’s real children, and before anyone, sensing an even bigger mid-Victorian scandal than she created by living with George Henry Lewes, asks ‘Did she have any?’, let me…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 1981

Though I am greatly honoured, I was not a little alarmed to be asked to get on my feet and propose this toast. Some frighteningly eminent people have been here before me. What on earth was I to say? However, our Secretary is not just a pretty face,…