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Barbara Hardy: Recollections

The last time I saw Barbara Hardy was in November 2014, at the Middlemarch day held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Senate House, London, when she gave a characteristically rich paper on Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot.' She had turned…

George Eliot's Afterlife: Dinitia Smith's The Honeymoon and Diana Souhami's Gwendolen

In Middlemarch, chapter 20, as Dorothea Casubon sits musing in Rome, George Eliot presents one of the most traumatic honeymoons in fiction. With decorum, but unmistakably, Dorothea's sexual confusion is conveyed: however, she will live through…

Review of Sophie and the Sybil: A Victorian Romance by Patricia Duncker

George Eliot's afterlife in adaptations of and sequels to her works is thin compared to those of such contemporaries as Dickens and the Brontës, and similarly the number of novels in which she appears as a character is meagre. True, as early as 1881…

In Memorium: Andrew Brown (1950-2014)

Andrew Missak: Cleverley Brown died peacefully at home on 21 January 2014, days short of his sixty-fourth birthday, and only months after his retirement from the position of Development Director for Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press.…

Review of George Eliot in Context by Margaret Harris

This collection offers a wide range of individual and rigorous criticism, with essays by the most informed specialists: amongst others, Margaret Harris on 'Biographies', John Rignall on 'Landscape' and 'Metropolitanism', Melissa Raines on 'Language',…

J.W. Cross Defends G. H. Lewes

Early in 1881, John Cross, widowed after only seven months of married life, set about the task of preparing a biography of his famous wife. He faced a number of challenges. The most daunting were the various sensitivities inherent in the life story…

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot by Nancy Henry

This lively book is part of a new Cambridge University Press series already more than thirty titles strong, for 'readers who want to broaden their understanding of the books and authors they enjoy' - a mission statement which is quickly decoded:…

Review of Middlemarch in the Twenty-first Century ed. by Karen Chase

This set of eight original essays engages afresh with a novel that many readers might claim to know well, in such a way as to make 'the lights and shadows ... fall with a certain difference' (chap. xxi). Karen Chase is well-known for her own studies…

The George Eliot Centenary of 1919

The centenary of George Eliot's birth in 1919 was recognized as an opportunity to commemorate her connection with the parts of Warwickshire where she was born and spent her early life. While her association with Coventry and Nuneaton had been noted…

Review of George Eliot by Tim Dolin and Middlemarch edited by Gregory Maertz

Both books under review appear in series that aim to give new currency to texts and authors by the provision of critical and cultural context. The implied audience is not simply the old 'sixth form and junior undergraduate' cohorts: there is a…

George Eliot: Elegies and Eulogies

The death of George Eliot on 22 December 1880 occasioned many prose obituaries and also a number of verse tributes.' I have located eleven of these in all, along with a twelfth poem published in her lifetime: nine poets are represented, of whom four…

Review of The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot. Ed. George Levine

Dictionary definitions of ‘companion’ stress notions of fellowship and support, as in ‘one who associates with or accompanies another’. The question prompted by the use of ‘companion’ in a book title is, for whom is company being…

The Margins of George Eliot: Editing the Journals

Margins are back in fashion : it's no longer marginal to be marginal. Postcolonial theory has had the effect of demonstrating the relation between the imperial centre and the periphery of empire to be one of interaction and mutual reaction, not of…

Review of From Author to Text: Re-reading George Eliot's 'Romola' ed. Caroline Levine and Mark W. Turner and George Eliot and Italy by Andrew Thompson

Each of these books took me by surprise. There is a curious tension between the incorpora-tiveness of Andrew Thompson's title, George Eliot and Italy, and his compendiously specific sub-title, Literary, Cultural and Political Influences from Dante to…

Review of George Eliot by Josephine McDonagh

While the old 'Writers and their Work' pamphlets were very useful in their staid, often belles-lettristic, way, since the series was relaunched in 1994 under the General Editorship of Isobel Armstrong it has made its mark in a more forthright and…