George Eliot; a Critical Study of Her Life, Writings & Philosophy eBook

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the purposes of literature.  In so far as George Eliot’s work is artistic, poetic, moral and human, it is very great, and no word too strong can be said in its praise.  It is not too excessive enthusiasm to call her, on the whole, the equal of any novelist.  Her genius is commanding and elemental.  She has originality, strength of purpose, and a profound insight into character.  Yet her work is weakened by its attachment to a narrow theory of life.  Her philosophy is transitory in its nature.  It cannot hold its own, as developed by her, for any great length of time.  It has the elements of its own destruction in itself.  The curious may read her for her speculations; the many will read her for her realism, her humanity and her genius.  In truth, then, it would have been better if her work had been inspired by great spiritual aims and convictions.



As an aid to those who may wish to carry further the preceding study of George Eliot, the following bibliography and lists of references have been compiled.  In their preparation constant use has been made of Poole’s Index of Periodical Literature, the bibliography contained in The Manchester Literary Club Papers for 1881, and a list of references published in The Literary World (Boston) for February 24, 1883.  Numerous additions have been made to these bibliographies, while the references have been verified as far as possible.  An occasional reference given in these lists has not been discoverable, as that of the Manchester Club to the London Quarterly Review for January, 1874, for an article on “George Eliot and Comtism,” and Poole’s reference to the same article in the London Quarterly, 47:446.  This will be found in the number for January 1877, volume ninety-four.


1846. The Life of Jesus, by Strauss.  Translated from the fourth German
        edition, 3 vols.  Chapman Brothers, London.

1852-3.  Assistant editor of the Westminster Review.

1852.  The Westminster Review for January contained her notice of
        Carlyle’s Life of John Sterling.

        In the July number appeared her article on The Lady Novelists.

1854. The Essence of Christianity, by Feuerbach.  Translated from the
        second German edition.  John Chapman, London.

        The Westminster Review for October published her Woman in France: 
        Madame de Sable

She wrote, it is supposed, occasionally for The Leader newspaper, of which journal Lewes was the literary editor.  None of her contributions have been identified. [Footnote:  There is a nearly complete set of The Leader in the Boston Athenaeum Library.]

1855.  Westminster Review, October, Evangelical Teaching:  Dr. Cumming.

1856.  Westminster Review, January, German Wit:  Heinrich Heine.  July,
        The Natural History of German Life.  October, Silly Novels by
        Lady Novelists

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