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George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1997: "A Troubled Friendship"

Edith Simcox is now usually remembered, if at all, as the woman who recorded in a secret journal ('Autobiography of a Shirt Maker') her passionate and physically unrequited love for George Eliot. Yet to her contemporaries Simcox was well known as a…

Review of Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth Century Fiction by Gillian Beer

Reviewers of important books in the Nineteenth Century could often reckon on some 30 or 40 pages in which to cover their subject, to analyse, evaluate, compare and even indulge their own ideas in the course of their article. Nowadays we have to make…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1974: "Music and the Visual Arts in the Novels of George Eliot"

In an often-quoted letter in 1866 George Eliot attempted to explain the creative process which brought forth her novels by means of an analogy with painting. She writes: I have gone through again and again the severe effort of trying to make certain…