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J.W. Cross Defends G. H. Lewes

Early in 1881, John Cross, widowed after only seven months of married life, set about the task of preparing a biography of his famous wife. He faced a number of challenges. The most daunting were the various sensitivities inherent in the life story…

George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and Dogs

[I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Michael Slater for his invaluable comments on a draft of this paper, a version of which was presented at the George Eliot: Life and Letters con-ference held at the Institute of English Studies, University…

Review of The Letters of George Henry Lewes, Vol. 3 ed. William Baker

This helpful, clearly edited supplement to the original two-volume Letters of George Henry Lewes, which appeared in 1995, actually contains more letters by George Eliot than from Lewes: 79 by her and 54 by him, of which 92 (47 by him and 45 by her)…

Review of The Letters of George Henry Lewes, Vols 1 & 2 ed. William Baker

This edition of Lewes's letters, collected from a range of libraries across the world and presented with clear introductions and notes, is a welcome resource to all readers of Lewes and Eliot. It is not a complete collection, deliberately setting out…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1993: "George Eliot in the Letters of George Henry Lewes"

I am preparing an edition of the letters of G. H. Lewes. The edition is selective. It does not include those 722 G. H. Lewes items (letters, extracts from his journals and diaries) included in Gordon S. Haight's monumental The George Eliot Letters…

Review of Versatile Victorian: Selected Critical Writings of George Henry Lewes edited by Rosemary Ashton

This admirable collection, its succinct introduction indicating the range and quality of Lewes's criticism, is a feast This is the place to taste Lewes selectively. I like to think: that it is true that the best part of an author's life lies in…

Review of G.H. Lewes: A Life by Rosemary Ashton

For a very long time, George Henry Lewes's reputation has centred on the fact that, for the last 25 years of his life, he was George Eliot's partner. Not a vast number of people have cared to know very much about him beyond an idea, perhaps, that he…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1990: "George Eliot's 'Husband' - Writing the Life of G.H. Lewes"

In July 1990 I finished writing a biography of G.H. Lewes, which will be published by Oxford University Press in September 1991. There could be no better subject to have than Lewes (1817-1878). He is, of course, best remembered as the faithful…

George Eliot and Cosima Wagner: A Newly Discovered Letter from George Henry Lewes

One of those historic encounters of which one would give much to have a complete record occurred in London in May 1877, when George Eliot met a woman who, like herself, had defied convention and braved scandal for the sake of the man she loved:…

The Early Career of George Henry Lewes

Dr. Hopking said that it could be argued that G.H. Lewes’s enthusiasm for the theatre was hereditary. He was the grandson of Charles Lee Lewes, the comedian, and son of John Lee Lewes and his wife Elizabeth. John Lee Lewes ahs been mistakenly…

Address at Highgate Cemetery Wreath Laying, 1979: on the Centennial of G.H.Lewes's Death

There are three of us; and as we pass that young lady seated on a ridge, sketching Hangman’s Head, she eyes us askance, and although politeness keeps in the secrecy of her own bosom the translation of that look, I know how it would run in the…

Review of G. H. Lewes's Seaside Studies, "Brief Encounter"

I seemed to meet George Henry Lewes, ‘husband’ of George Eliot in the pages of his book, Seaside Studies. He emerged through the leaves, his bewhiskered face in shadow, on his head a broad-brimmed hat, his body bulky and shapeless in an old coat…

Will Ladislaw and G. H. Lewes

In the summer of 1977 my graduate course in Four Women Novelists (Jane Austen, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather) included Middlemarch in its syllabus. During the period of intensive study with an unusually perceptive group of students,…