George Eliot

Standard Name: Eliot, George
Birth Name: Mary Anne Evans
Nickname: Polly
Nickname: Pollian
Self-constructed Name: Mary Ann Evans
Self-constructed Name: Marian Evans
Self-constructed Name: Marian Evans Lewes
Pseudonym: George Eliot
Pseudonym: Felix Holt
Married Name: Mary Anne Cross
GE , one of the major novelists of the nineteenth century and a leading practitioner of fictional realism, was a professional woman of letters who also worked as an editor and journalist, and left a substantial body of essays, reviews, translations on controversial topics, and poetry.


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Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
This novel retells The Husband of a Blue, a story by ESP 's mother, Elizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps , from the perspective of Avis Dobell, a wife, mother, and would-be artist who sacrifices her...
Intertextuality and Influence Hélène Barcynska
Vista Stuart as first met is no dancer, but a rich little upper-middle-class girl tearing up the Great North Road in a sports car given her by her father, who feels instant, mutual attraction for...
Intertextuality and Influence Elinor Glyn
The mysterious Lady is in fact queen in her own right of a Slavic country, and tied to a destructive marriage. Her neglectful, abusive, alcoholic, and profligate husband is king only through his marriage to...
Leisure and Society Mary Elizabeth Braddon
MEB read much and widely in French as well as English. She recalled having read Eliot 's Adam Bede at least a dozen times, always weeping for Hetty Sorrel.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland.
Leisure and Society Queen Victoria
Among her favourite writers were Alfred Tennyson , Sir Walter Scott , George Eliot (whose The Mill on the Floss made a deep impression
Victoria, Queen. Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals. Editor Hibbert, Christopher, Penguin.
on her), and Charles Kingsley , whose Two Years Ago...
Literary responses Viola Meynell
In The Bookman, C. E. Lawrence welcomed this novel as an individual effort of work which proves that however much she may have studied in the past . . . Miss Meynell has a...
Literary responses Harriet Beecher Stowe
Reviews were generally derogatory. The poet's admireres could not be swayed. George Eliot , with whom HBS had recently begun corresponding, suggested that she ought not to have brought the Byron question before the public...
Literary responses Queen Victoria
Despite her book's popularity, when Victoria entered the arena of public writing, some Victorians criticized her prose style. After receiving copies of Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, sent by...
Literary responses Hester Lynch Piozzi
The Critical Review expressed impatience with yet another collection of memorabilia and complained that the book was deformed by colloquial barbarisms.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
61 (1786): 273
She was attacked in newspapers (even those which began with respect)...
Literary responses Olive Schreiner
The book elicited strong reactions, most of them positive. It was highly praised by Philip Kent , who wrote a long article about it instead of his usual shorter reviews in Life, a weekly...
Literary responses Augusta Webster
In the 1870s and 1880s AW was mentioned in periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic—in Harper's and Scribner's, for instance, as well as in English publications—as one of the leading women poets of...
Literary responses Thomas Hardy
The result was the novel with which he achieved general popularity. The reviewer for The Spectator, writing before the novel's authorship was revealed, commented: If 'Far from the Madding Crowd' is not...
Literary responses Lucas Malet
Two things about this novel gave offence initially and had a long-term effect on its reputation: its treating the nasty
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
topic of deformity, and its involving the hero emotionally with three women (his mother as...
Literary responses Hesba Stretton
Calling the novel an offspring of a bold imagination, the Athenæum comments that it is written without labour or spurious ornament, and that certain scenes are very well described.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
2046 (1867): 44
Other reviewers compared...
Literary responses Lady Charlotte Elliot
LCE received little critical attention either during or after her lifetime. The Athenæum obituary by Theodore Watts described her as perhaps the latest noticeable addition to that bright roll of female poets of which Scotland...


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