George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was the daughter of an estate manager and his second wife, Christiana Pearson. She added a new dimension to the novel, developing and enlarging on the work done by earlier women novelists. These female writers produced well-constructed, interesting plots, with excellent portrayals of character, and stories with convincing and varied backgrounds.
George Eliot's work uses all these things to varying degrees, but she brought an intellectual approach to her tales. She did not begin writing novels until she was nearly forty and she had time to observe her fellow human beings and to develop a firm philosophy of life. Her own nature was serious and there is a purpose, even urgency, in all her work. Her best work is a blend of imaginative insight and sound reason.
Stowell, H.E. "Quill, pens and petticoats: a portrait of women of letters", Wayland Publishers, London, 1970, pp.145-146.
"There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.”
Titles on our shelves:
Criticism and interpretation:
- A Century of George Eliot criticism edited by Gordon S. Haight
- George Eliot by R.T. Jones
- George Eliot by Robert Speaight - From 'The European Novelists series'
- The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner: a selection of critical essays - From the Casebook series
- The Wisdom of George Eliot edited by Jerret Engle
The following title is on the non-fiction shelves and may be borrowed:
- Oxford Reader's companion to George Eliot edited by John Rignall
On our shelves:
- Adam Bede - Hymarx Outline series - Monarch Notes
- Middlemarch - Monarch Notes -Max Notes - Cliffs Notes
- Mill on the Floss - Monarch Notes (3 copies)
- Silas Marner - Barron - Brodie's Notes - Cliffs Notes - Guides to English Literature - MacMillan Master Guides - Monarch Notes - Penguin Passnote - Study-guide series - York Notes
- Writers and their work: no. 15 - George Eliot
Online Study Notes
- SparkNotes -- Adam Bede -- Middlemarch -- The Mill on the Floss -- Silas Marner
- Cliff Notes -- Adam Bebe -- Silas Marner -- The Mill on the Floss
- Online - at Project Gutenberg - George Eliot
- Mill on the Floss is also available as a free audio-book from Free Audio Book Online
- Ashton, Rosemary, 'On bats and Bedes: solving two scholarly problems in the novels of George Eliot', Times Literary Supplement, no. 5959, June 16, 2017, pp. 14.
- Spender, Dale and Janet Todd. eds. "George Eliot 1819-80". Anthology of British women writers from the Middle Ages to the present day. London: Pandora, 1990, pp. 517-535. Reproduced, with an introduction 'Silly novels by lady novelists' which was first published in October 1856, in The Westminster Review.
- Stowell, H.E. "George Eliot", Quill pens and petticoats: a portrait of women of letters, London: Wayland Publishers, 1970, pp.145-158.
- Teacher, Janet Bukovinsky. ed. "George Eliot (1819-1880)", Women of words: a personal introduction to thirty-five important writers' Phildadelphia: Running Press, 1995. pp. 35-38. Includes an excert from The Mill on the Floss.
- George Eliot [DVD}
- eLibrary - General author/title search
- BBC - History - George Eliot
- British Library - George Eliot
- The George Eliot Fellowship
- Poetry Foundation - George Eliot
- George Eliot's letter collection - Warwickshire County Council - Library
Criticism and interpretation:
- Cohen, Paula Marantz. Why read George Eliot? Her novels are just modern enough—and just old-fashioned enough, too. The American Scholar. March 1, 2006.
- Ockerbloom, Mary. editor. George Eliot by Virginia Woolf. A Celebration of Women Writers. Penn University - Digital Library Project. This article by Virginia Woolf was first published in The Times Literary Supplement, 20th November 1919.
- Mead, Rebecca, Middlemarch and Me: what George Eliot teaches us, The New Yorker, 14 & 21 February 2011.
Mill on the Floss:
- British Library - Manuscript of Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
- Hughs, Kathryn. Rereading: George Eliot's Mill on the Floss. The Guardian. March 27.
- Lewycka, Marina. Marina Lewycka on the Mill on the Floss. An extract from the introduction of The Mill on the Floss, best-selling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, talks us through the evolution of her reading of the novel.
- Maitzen, Rohan. The Mill on the Floss as bildungsroman. The British Library, Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians.