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Review of The Persistent Self by H.S. Kakar

As a non-intellectual reader I am sometimes amused to observe the variety of red herrings sniffed at by the professional analysts of literature in their search for truth. H.S. Kakar of Delhi University, who has a sensitive nose, disperses some of the…

Kathleen and Bill Adams: Memories of Old Friends

About 55 years ago when we were engaged to be married, Ruth came down from Scotland to Coventry for a holiday, and I was concerned to demonstrate to her that Warwickshire had much to offer to the visitor and prospective resident. Having, as I…

Living with George Eliot: A Tribute to my Parents

It was a strange but much-appreciated honour to be asked to address the annual George Eliot Fellowship lunch in 2016. It was strange because I'd attended many such events long ago - fewer more recently - and had always sat with the 'rank and file' on…

Kathleen Adams, A Tribute

All but 50 years we knew each other. And I think George Eliot owes Kathleen Adams a lot. This is common knowledge - for where would the Fellowship be without her tireless efforts. Westminster Abbey, the Nuneaton statue, membership numbers: these are…

Obituary of Kathleen Adams

The sheer number of years, forty, that Kathleen Adams was Secretary of the George Eliot Fellowship, is extraordinary, but that number does not do justice to the prodigious amount of time, energy and dedication that she devoted to the job. Like many…

An Evening WIth Steve Race

Take a mixture of gentle humour, superb professionalism, excellent timing and a love of music of many kinds, and you have' An Evening with Steve Race'. The popular chairman of BBC TV's and Radio's 'My Music' programme has been a much loved public…

On Location with Silas Marner

If you have ever regarded the life of an actor to be a glamorous one, it would have been something of an eye-opener to have visited the location of the BBC Television film of 'Silas Marner' on a cold March day. The day had followed one of almost…

Annual Report 1984

1984 was an exciting year because of the challenge of the George Eliot Statue. Since 1980 the Fellowship Council had felt we were a little in the doldrums. After the interesting years leading up to the centenary of George Eliot's death, and the…

Centenary Report

As I write this, four weeks after the end of the events of June, it is difficult to believe that it is over. So much forward planning, so much organisation, so many hundreds of letters written, so much hard work – it almost became a way of life.…

Review of Eliza Lynn Linton by Herbert van Thal

Eliza Lynn Linton, who is probably known to George Eliot admirers less for her literary talents than for her harsh words against the lady, had a hard childhood. She was one of the 12 children who were out of the control of an over-burdened father.…

Review of Those of Us Who Loved Her by Kathleen Adams

This book, issued in the Centenary Year, makes no pretence to being academic, although in fact there is evidence of considerable research, particularly of a local nature. The men associated with Marian Evans throughout her career from provincial…

Annual Report 1979

This report of our 1979 activities was 'being prepared in the midst of all the publicity for our plans for the Centenary, and with so much on my mind, it was not easy to think back a year to the days when 1980 still seemed some way off. 1979 was…

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…

Editors' Note

Middlemarch has been in the public eye since our last issue: Erica Wagner's column in the Times for Saturday 13 October 2007 bore the heading 'How good is Middlemarch if you reread it? Better'; and on 24 May 2008 the Review section of the Saturday…

Notes on Contributors 2007

Kathleen Adams has been Secretary of the Fellowship since 1968. She initiated the Review in 1970, was editor until 1981 and co-editor 1982-91. She published Those of Us Who Loved Her in 1980 and A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot…

Notes on Contributors 2006

Bill Adams has been Chairman of the Fellowship from 1971 until his retirement this year. Kathleen Adams has been Secretary of the Fellowship since 1968. She initiated the Review in 1970, was editor until 1981 and co-editor 1982-91. She published…

Annual Report - 2000

2000, the Millennium Year, proved to be a mixture of success and some disappointment. The Fellowship Council planned many extra events for so auspicious a year; some were very suc-cessful, others were not. Indeed, many of us felt that the excitement…

Review of A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot Fellowship 1930-2000 by Kathleen Adams

On November 22nd 1930 an inaugural supper for the George Eliot Fellowship was held at the Newdegate Arms in Nuneaton, at which Sir Francis Newdegate GCMG of Arbury Hall presided. He told the assembled company that it was high time that those who…

A Family's Eye View of George Eliot

There have been very many views expressed over the years about George Eliot - her genius, her behaviour and, inevitably, her looks. But what were the views of her family back in Nuneaton? It is well known that her brother Isaac, then very much the…

Annual Report - 1999

During 1999 we were unusually busy in planning the extra events to take place in 2000. Before I began this report I had spent a few weeks updating the Story of the George Eliot Fellowship which had been published for our fiftieth anniversary in 1980…

Obituary: Viscount Daventry (1921-2000)

Francis Humphrey Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate, 3rd Viscount Daventry, died at his home, Temple House at Arbury, on 15 February. He had been ill for some time. The Arbury Estate spans 4000 acres between Nuneaton and Bedworth and it was in one of the…

Annual Report - 1998

Every year I begin this report by saying what a busy year the Fellowship has had. Every year it seems to get busier; certainly the workload increases each year - which must be a measure of our success in reaching out in all directions, not only in…

Daniel Deronda - 1921 Style

While we are still awaiting news of the completion of a new film of Daniel Deronda, some-thing that has been in the pipeline for some years, it is interesting to discover that in 1921, a cinema film of the novel was made by Butcher's Film Services…

Milly Barton and Emma Gwyther

For many years the tomb of Emma Gwyther in Chilvers Coton Churchyard in Nuneaton was totally obscured by a massive yew tree until it was recently cut back to reveal the sorry state of the tomb beneath it. Badly broken and its lettering difficult to…

Annual Report - 1997

1997 was, as always, a busy year for the Fellowship, beginning with the Annual General Meeting on 14 March. Mrs Kathleen Porter retired from the Fellowship Council and was thanked for many supportive years. The Chairman had just completed twenty-five…