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'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…

'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…

'That Most Despicable Travesty of a Woman': Eliza Lynn Linton and Elma Stuart

The George Eliot Collection in Nuneaton Library includes a previously unpublished letter written by Elma Stuart, one of George Eliot's greatest admirers. It was written in response to a critical and spiteful article about George Eliot in 1895 by…

'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…

Review of George Eliot by Jennifer Uglow

When I first heard that Virago were to publish a book about George Eliot (the author sought my help in locating certain photographs) I was a little apprehensive. I feared that this might be a militant feminist view of a lady who concerned herself…

Review of World's Classics Series: Felix Holt ed. by Fred C. Thomson

If one cannot afford the splendid Clarendon Editions of George Eiot's novels. the World's Classics editions are a very good second best. They are second -best, however, only in their format, since the text of the novels is the same. For the finer…

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.…

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…

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…

A George Eliot Quotation on a Public Occasion

At the funeral of the Queen Mother in Westminster Abbey on 9 April 2002 the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the sermon and, in describing her life, used these words - 'There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, "the sweet presence of a…

A Most Remarkable Cat

Because George Eliot is buried in London's Highgate Cemetery the Fellowship is a member of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery who care for this vast burial area. We receive a regular newsletter from the Friends which recently reported that Domino, the…

A Mystery Solved

The story of Marian Evans’ first few years in London, of her search for ‘someone to lean on, someone to love’ is well known and need not be recounted in detail here. Suffice to say that, after the death of her father in 1849 and the subsequent…

A View of St. Ogg's

 ‘We took a trip’. wrote George Henry Lewes in his Journal in November 1859 ‘To Newark and Gainsborough. on artistic ground. Polly wanting to lay the scene of her new novel on the Trent…’ George Eliot was planning The Mill on the Floss.…

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…

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…

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…

An Airing of Views

When a Fellowship event has been arranged, the Council welcome the views of members as to its suitability or its content. After the issue of the January Newsletter, containing details of the Gabriel Woolf readings, entitled ‘The Story of…

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…

Annual Report - 1970

If we were completely honest, I think many of us felt at the end of 1969, that special year of celebrations, that we had our work cut out to maintain the interest and enthusiasm engendered by the programme of events put on to pay tribute to George…

Annual Report - 1971

It is most rewarding that, at the end of my fourth year as Secretary, I can again report on a successful and stimulating year. The greatest danger to any society is a falling off of members but, in fact, our membership figures have never been…

Annual Report - 1972

Each time I begin to prepare an annual report I look back at the previous ones. They always start with an expression of satisfaction at the continued growth, development and success of the Fellowship. I am surprised and pleased a little more each…

Annual Report - 1973

At the front of the Fello ship index is a card on which is kept a tally of membership numbers. Completing it as each subscription is received becomes quite fascinating, particularly as the year progresses and we begin to reach the previous year’s…

Annual Report - 1974

It is always pleasant when I begin to prepare the Annual Report, to see what a busy and successful year it has once more been for the Fellowship. As one organises and takes part in a series of events, one is not always aware of keeping up a standard…

Annual Report - 1975

Note: In the document, the year is listed as 1976. This is a typo. The correct year for this report is 1975, as indicated in the title.
The first annual report that I prepared in 1968 as your newly-appointed secretary covered a mere half-page, and…

Annual Report - 1976

1976 was probably the most exciting and busy year that the Fellowship has had in its 46 year existence, for we have celebrated the centenary of George Eliot’s last great novel, ‘Daniel Deronda’, and we have taken tremendous steps forward in our…