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'My Own Dear Heart's Ease': George Eliot's Coventry Friend, Caroline (Cara) Bray

In September 1842 Mary Ann Evans wrote a short but illuminating letter to her Coventry friend Cara Bray: My own dear Heart's Ease [it was not unusual for her to give her closest friends the name of a flower as she had done this on several occasions…

Address at the Unveiling of John Lett's Statue of George Eliot at the George Eliot Hospital Nuneaton, 29 August 1996

This is, of course, the second time many of us have attended the unveiling of a statue of George Eliot. The last time was in 1986 and John, I know, will remember what an exciting time that was. Even before the unveiling we had met in Newdegate Square…

Annual Report - 1996

When our year began with the Annual General Meeting we had the opportunity to accept our new Constitution. This enabled us to apply for and receive Charitable Status which we hope will be a useful situation for us in the future. At the meeting we…

'Tied to my heart by a cord which can never be broken': George Eliot and her Sister Chrissey

Christiana Evans, always known as Chrissey, was the first child of Robert Evans's marriage to Christiana Pearson of Astley, near Nuneaton, and she was born, as were Isaac and Mary Ann, at Arbury (now South) Farm on the Arbury estate in 1814. When the…

Annual Report - 1995

I would like to begin this report with something exciting to say but Annual General Meetings, with which our year inevitably begins, are never exciting events. In 1995 it all went smoothly - the only change being the retirement of Kathleen Porter as…

'Dear Cara': A New George Eliot Letter

At the beginning of the year a donation was made to Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum of a box of papers relating to the Fridlanders, a nineteenth-century Coventry watch-making family. Annie Fridlander was a friend of Charles and Caroline…

Late-Victorian Plans for a George Eliot Memorial Library

On 5 March 1896 a paragraph appeared in the Daily News from a correspondent who wrote: Will you allow me through your columns to appeal to the countless admir-ers of one of England's greatest teachers and of the world's most perfect artists? That…

Obituary: Dorothy Edmands 1911-1995, Vice-President: 1992-1995

Dorothy Edmands had been a member of the George Eliot Fellowship for well over 30 years and during that time had been a most supportive member. She served on the Fellowship Council for very many of those years and, although a quiet and very modest…

Annual Report - 1994

The year got off to an unusual start. The hyperbole associated with the BBC Television production of Middlemarch suddenly shot George Eliot into the forefront of many peo-ple's minds. The beginning of the year is always a very busy time but from…

Notes on Contributors 1994

Jonathan Ouvry is the great-great grandson of George Henry Lewes, and has been President of the Fellowship since 1984. Kathleen Adams has been Secretary of the Fellowship since 1968. She initiated the Review in 1970, was editor until 1981 and…

Annual Report - 1993

The year's events began in a quite festive manner. Although the Annual General Meeting in March produced no special surprises, it was the 25th anniversary of my election as Fellowship Secretary so 1 provided cakes instead of the usual mundane…

Oration for Kathleen Adams on the occasion of her Honorary Master of Arts degree award from the University of Warwick, July 16th 1992

If William Shakespeare is the most famous writer to have come out of Warwickshire, the runner-up is undoubtedly George Eliot. Her greatest novel, Middlemarch, reflects the life of the city of Coventry in the early nineteenth century. Mrs. Kathleen…

Martha Barclay to Isaac Evans: An Unpublished Letter

Martha Barclay (nee Jackson) was a school-fellow of George Eliot's in Coventry in the 1830's. It was Martha who initiated the choice of flower names for herself and her friend - Ivy (constancy) for herself and Clematis (mental beauty) for George…

Annual Report - 1992

As I reach the end of my 25 years as Secretary of the Fellowship I inevitably look back to the beginning of my years of office and, as I prepared this report, to the first one I delivered 24 years ago. It covered half of a sheet of quarto paper…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 1992

George Eliot and religion is a vast subject and one that can only be lightly touched on today. But it is relevant to our being here because of the memorial stone in front of us. It took 100 years to get here and, because of the years of fund-raising…

BBC Television's Film of Adam Bede

This adaption was not for the academic, the scholar or the purist. As none of these, I admit that, with reservations, I enjoyed the film. There were some very good things about it. The setting was very attractive (Stanway in the Cotswolds for much of…

Obituary: Ann Robson, Curator of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

Ann Robson had just passed her 32nd birthday when she died a few days before Christmas 1990. She was born in South Shields in October 1958. She learned to play the piano and was particularly fond of the Christmas carol' Away in a Manager'. The…

Annual Report - 1990

The year opened, as it always does, with the least exciting event - the Annual General Meeting. All four officers were re-elected and we also re-elected for a further three year term our supportive and generous President Jonathan Ouvry. The next…

Sixty Literary Years: The Foundation of the George Eliot Fellowship, November 9th, 1930.

When the George Eliot Fellowship was born sixty years ago, the infant had emerged after a labour of some 25 years. A.F. Cross, its founder, had been editor of Nuneaton newspapers since 1895. For much of that time he had been campaigning for a…

Review of Emily Davies and the Liberation of Women by Daphne Bennett

Emily Davies was one of the great pioneers in the cause of women but little is, or has been, really known about her. She has often been confused with Emily Davison who threw herself under the feet of the King's horse, but Emily Davies was not one for…

Review of 'A Letter from George', a BBC CWR serialised reading

In choosing eight episodes of about ten minutes each it was inevitable that the life of the novelist would be fragmentary. By also deciding to let her tell her own story, some parts of her life were very well covered and others hardly mentioned at…

A Closer Look at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

On May 5th 1880 George Eliot wrote from The Priory, a Regent's Park, to Georg1,71a Burne-Jones that she was to be married to John Cross. She concluded the letter by telling her friend that this house was no longer to be her home when in London. She…

Wreath Laying at George Eliot Memorial Gardens: 1983

"It is indeed a deeply emotional experience to be here today, to honour a woman of unusual ability and achievement. When my sister and I were small children, our English grandmother, who came to the States as an elderly woman, kept us enthralled with…

Jonathan G. Ouvry: A Profile

The Fellowship first made contact with Jonathan Ouvry at the time of the George Eliot Centenary 1980, when members of G.H. Lewes's family were present at Westminster Abbey in considerable numbers. Jonathan made a greater impression, perhaps, because…

Annual Report 1983

I began last year's report on a somewhat gloomy note, disappointed that our membership totals had dropped by 30 from the previous year. At the end of 1983, our membership had again diminished, but by a smaller number, being 9 down on 1982. That we…