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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…

Review of George Eliot and her World by Marghanita Laski and George Eliot by T.S. Pearce

There have been a crop of biographies of one sort or another since George Eliot’s death ninety-three years ago, but this is the first one to be fully illustrated. The 123 illustrations are not all totally relevant but this is a small arrow to be…

Report from Israel

On one of her visits to England I met Mrs. Levitt in London and we talked of the desirability of establishing the Fellowship in Israel (Mrs. Levitt is a life member of the parent organisation). It was felt that 1973 was a most suitable year to do…

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…

Review of Reader: I Married Him by Patricia Beer

Inevitably I turned to the section of the book that deals with George Eliot with greater interest than I bestowed on the rest of it, but I dutifully then read each chapter. I was glad that I did for I gained knowledge from the content and pleasure…

The Inscription of the Chaplet in the Wreath-Laying Ceremony, 1975

“We can’t choose happiness either for ourselves or for another: we can’t tell where that will lie. We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves in the present moment, or whether we will renounce that, for the sake of obeying the divine…

The Passage of Time

No-one, I think, nowadays condemns George Eliot out of hand. For her life-style, nor is there often cause for regret that she or her relics are sadly neglected. But during my recent researches far material to help me write a biography of her brother…

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…

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…

The Daniel Deronda Centre

Many years ago, when the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton needed names for the hospital's wards, the Fellowship were asked to make suggestions. At the end of last year, the Hospital Management team again approached the Fellowship, this time to ask…

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…

George Eliot and the Silver Screen

An article in The Times in November 1974 spoke of a sale of costumes used in the 1925 MGM film of ‘Romola’. This prompted me to make enquiries about the film from the British Film Institute and from MGM themselves, but neither could trace the…

The George Eliot Grove in Israel

The following report was sent by one of our Israel members, MRS. RUTH LEVITT, without whose enthusiasm, effort and devotion to George Eliot’s last great novel, DANIEL DERONDA the grove would never have been planted. She worked tirelessly for a…

Tenniel Evans - Profile of the President

It was abitterly cold day in November 1936 when the Dunluce Castle berthed at Tilbury. On board and indeed the last passenger to leave, was a 10 year old boy. Looking back, after forty years, he recalls that he was so cold he was wearing three pairs…

Annual Report - 1977

It seems incredible, as I prepare this report, that I have now completed 10 years as the secretary of the Fellowship. During that 10 years there has been enormous growth in all directions. The membership has increased from 21 ordinary members to an…

George Eliot and Religion

The Revd. Bernard Gilpin Ebdell was ministering the ‘Publick Baptism of Infants’ in his parish church of All Saints, Chilvers Ceton, near Nuneaton on November 29th. 1819, a day no different from any other day in his busy week in a parish that had…

Obituary: Alice Lynes

The death took place in November 1977 of Miss Alice Lynes. Miss Lynes was educated at Barr’s Hill Grammar School for Girls in Coventry and joined the staff of Coventry City Libraries in 1923. In 1947 she was put in charge of the Coventry City…

Gabriel Woolf: A Profile

It is just ten years since Gabriel Woolf and the George Eliot Fellowship first met each other – an accident that might never have occurred if the Fellowship Council had not been in desperate need of some sort of a V.I.P. Early in 1969 an…

John Blackwood 1818-1879

The Blackwood family had already made their mark in the publishing world when John was born in 1818. His father, William Blackwood, founded the firm in Edinburgh in 1804 and became the first editor of its magazine ‘Maga’ in 1817. John was the…

Review of The George Eliot Letters. Volumes 8 and 9 edited by Gordon S. Haight

It goes without saying that anyone with a dedicated interest in George Eliot would regard the first seven volumes of the George Eliot Letters as an essential part of their reading, and that the serious collector will feel obliged to add Volumes 8…

Short Biography of John Walter Cross

John Cross was one of ten children in the Cross family of bankers. He was born in Glasgow and as a small boy moved to Liverpool. Part of his schooling was at Rugby and he then entered the family bank of Cross and Dennistoun, joining his brother James…

Annual Report - 1980

As we drove away from Westminster Abbey on December 22nd. 1980 I heaved a huge sigh of relief. At last, the most exhausting demanding, worrying, but the most exciting year of my life – and of the Fellowship’s – was over, and we could all return…