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Review of The Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Novel by Patricia Ingham

Patricia Ingham begins her study of six Victorian novels - Charlotte Bronte's Shirley (1849), Mrs Gaskell's North and South (1855), Dickens's Hard Times (1854), George Eliot's Felix Holt (1866), George Gissing's The Unclassed (version of 1884), and…

Review of The Power of Knowledge: George Eliot and Education by Linda K. Robertson

This book, volume 61 of the University of Kansas Humanistic Studies series, purports to do one thing but delivers another. According to the blurb on the back cover, Robertson demon-strates that George Eliot had much to say on a number of educational…

Review of George Eliot's Middlemarch: A Guide for Students and Readers of the Novel

Among certain readers of this review, those already equipped with personal computers capa-ble of launching Cruise missiles at the twitch of a mouse, my opening paragraph will, if any-thing, pucker lips. But among the uninitiated it will probably…

Review of George Eliot by Pauline Nestor

Having recalled George Eliot's central position in the pantheon of nineteenth-century thought and belief, Pauline Nestor begins this fine, closely argued book by considering Eliot's relevance today. Was John Bayley, for example, right when he said in…

Review of George Eliot: A Bibliographical History by William Baker and John C. Ross

This enormously impressive history is the fruit of something like thirty-five years of work by William Baker and John Ross. They have brought together a huge and comprehensive body of bibliographical information, broken down into five main sections…

Review of Rereading George Eliot: Changing Responses to her Experiments in Life by Bernard J. Paris

While he was still writing his doctoral thesis, which became his influential Experiments in Life: George Eliot's Quest for Values (1965), Paris fully accepted the rhetoric in Eliot's fiction that is designed to shape our moral and intellectual…

Review of The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1830--1914 edited by Joanne Shattock

This anthology, edited by Joanne Shattock, with an introduction and contribution by her, contains a rich variety of essays by scholars from British, American and Canadian universities. It begins its survey of Victorian culture in the seven years…

Review of George Eliot, Poetess by Wendy S. Williams

The word 'poetess' is contentious. For some it rankles, because the diminution of 'poet' is generally considered gratuitous, patronizing and offensive. More often than not, it belittles women writers and their work. Others, however, argue that it is…

Review of Victorian Narratives of the Recent Past: Memory, History, Fiction by Helen Kingstone

The nineteenth century saw a number of ways in which amateurs and professional historians and novelists approached the presentation of history, especially histories of the recent past. Eminent, professional historians at universities, and those…

Review of George Eliot's Midlands: Passion in Exile by Graham Handley

Various biographies and critical studies argue that Mary Ann or Marian Evans's formative years in the Midlands influenced George Eliot's art. They do so by explaining that memories of Robert Evans contributed to George Eliot's conceptions of Adam…

Review of George Eliot by Kristen Brady

Brady rounds on Haight for his persistent use of two phrases, 'some one to lean on' and '[she] was not fitted to stand alone', which crop up throughout his biographical writing on Eliot. But, Bray reminds us, these phrases are lifted from Charles…

Review of George Eliot and Music by Beryl Gray

It was, perhaps, a happy portent that the future George Eliot should have been born on St. Cecilia's Day, 1819, for music was her chief delight. Doubtless they were her own sentiments that Maggie Tulliver was expressing when she said in "The Mill on…

Review of Felix Holt, the Radical. Two new editions, Ed. A.G. can den Broek and Lynda Mugglestone

With Romola, Felix Holt, the Radical has generally proved to be George Eliot's least appreci-ated novel. Romola used to be safely categorized as 'smelling of the lamp', while Felix Holt was awkwardly 'political'. Despite a continuing critical unease…

Review of the New edition of Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth Century Fiction by Gillian Beer

In Darwin’s Plots, Gillian Beer writes that 'On the Origin of Species is one of the most extra-ordinary examples of a work which included more than the maker of it at the time knew, despite all that he did know'. Published in November 1859 with a…

Review of Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature by Alison Byerly

Dr Alison Byerly's concern is with the use in their fiction by four Victorian novelists of art works, performative as well as representational, experienced by the characters as well as metaphors within the larger narrative frame, works both real…

Review of George Eliot, Music and Victorian Culture by Delia da Sousa Correa

Delia da Sousa Correa takes as starting point 'the yearning for spiritual expansion and sympathetic experience' so evident in George Eliot; and music, an 'undersong' to the desires of transcendence and affinity, is the prime concern in da Sousa…

Review of A Foretaste of Proust: A Study of Proust and his Precursors by Dr. Margaret Mein

As the title indicates, this book is intended primarily for Proust specialists. Dr. Mein undertakes comparative studies of Proust and nine writers - Pascal, Chateaubriand, Nerval, Baudelaire, Novalis, Balzac, George Eliot, Fromentin and Flaubert. The…

Review of The Journals of George Eliot ed. Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston and George Eliot: The Last Victorian by Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes has written a most readable biography, breezy, relaxed, clear narrative, just right for the reader of literary biography who isn't deeply interested in literature. The story of Mary Ann and Marian Evans, Marian Evans Lewes, George…

Review of Jeanie, an 'Army of One': Mrs Nassau Senior, 1828-1877 by Sybil Oldfield

The neglect of Jeanie Senior, called Jeanie, pronounced Janie - her enthusiastic biographer puts 'sic' after deviations, eccentrically rather than pedantically since Jeanie was christened Jane Elizabeth and named Jane on her tomb and even in this…

Review of George Eliot: Novelist, Lover, Wife by Brenda Maddox

The distorted cover-image of George Eliot with a strange pen and a very small writing book. and the mind-reading at the beginning which tells us that one glance at the newborn Mary Ann, already possessed of a 'large drooping nose, long chin,…

Review of George Eliot's Grammar of Being by Melissa Anne Raines

Readers of The George Eliot Review will be familiar with the work of Melissa Anne Raines, which began with the publication of her prize-winning essay for the George Eliot Fellowship, and was followed by several articles, two in this journal, now part…

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',…

Review of Middlemarch: A Student's Companion to the Novel by Bert G. Hornback

This volume follows the standard format of the Masterwork series, including a chronology, a discussion of the historical context, a review of the critical reception, a discussion of key themes and ideas, and a bibliography and an index. Thematic…

Review of The Mill on the Floss, Dramatized for BBC Radio 4 by Michelene Wandor

In the radio dramatization of a novel, it is left to the actors to persuade us that they are the individuals whose roles they undertake, but it remains the responsibility of the scriptwriter to select and organize those roles with respect for the…

Review of G.H. Lewes: A Life by Rosemary Ashton

For a very long time, George Henry Lewes's reputation has centred on the fact that, for the last 25 years of his life, he was George Eliot's partner. Not a vast number of people have cared to know very much about him beyond an idea, perhaps, that he…