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The George Eliot Fellowship Treasurer's Report- 1986 Dec 1986

The George Eliot Fellowship Treasurer's Report- 1986

The George Eliot Review

You will see from the Statement, which I hope is straightforward, that the finances of the Fellowship are in a satisfactory condition. In 1986 one of our High Income Bonds matured and was reinvested, together with £250 from the Snare Account, in a Capital Share 90 Account. This gives us a better rate of interest on our investment.

Profits on meetings, outing and sales are very encouraging. We prefer to raise money by our efforts rather than have to increase subscriptions and 1986 was a good year, with the result that subscriptions for this year remain the same as in ...


George Eliot And Theatre: The Toast To The Immortal Memory, Kathleen Adams Nov 1986

George Eliot And Theatre: The Toast To The Immortal Memory, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

In 1838, at the age of 18, Mary Ann Evans was deep in her evangelical period, taking everything very, very seriously. On a visit to London with her brother Isaac she refused to accompany him to the theatre, preferring instead to stay home and read History of the Jews. Not quite theatre, but she went to S1. Michaelis Church in Coventry with Miss Rebecca Franklin, her teacher at the Coventry school, to hear Haydn's Creat'ion, Handel's Jephtha and a new oratorio by Mendelssohn entitled Paul (all in one concert) and she wrote to her old school-friend, Martha ...


Address At Westminster Abbey Wreath-Laying Jun 1986

Address At Westminster Abbey Wreath-Laying

The George Eliot Review

ROSEMARY MARTIN was our Guest of Honour. She had been invited because of her very sympathetic portrayal of Dolly Winthrop in the BBC Television film of 'Silas Marner' - a much loved character with a special place in George Eliot's novel.

After she had placed the Fellowship chaplet of laurel and white carnations on the Memorial Stone which had been unveiled exactly six years earlier by Gordon S. Haight, Miss Martin admitted that, prior to the invitation to play Dolly Winthrop in the film, she had read no George Eliot. She was interested in the part and then read 'Silas ...


Speech At The Nuneaton Wreath-Laying, Len Struebig Jun 1986

Speech At The Nuneaton Wreath-Laying, Len Struebig

The George Eliot Review

Almost twenty years ago, for the first time, I joined the small group of admirers who annually pay tribute to the memory of Nuneaton's famous daughter.

It is perhaps fitting that my last public duty, albeit as ex-Curator, should be connected with George Eliot. Over the years I have listened with interest to the various speakers, each with their own particular reason for being honoured with the responsibility for laying the Fellowship tribute.

I have heard Lewes and Evans descendants recount family memories handed down with pride. Last year we heard John Letts tell us of the close bond ...


Treasurer's Report 1985 Mar 1986

Treasurer's Report 1985

The George Eliot Review

You wiII see from the Statement that our finances are healthy despite high expenses last year. The loss of almost £94 on the Annual Readings was both unexpected and disappointing. For years we have benefited financially from Gabriel Woolf's Readings and we welcome his wiIIingness to come again this year, when we hope to be able to show our appreciation of his continued support. We are fortunate to have many generous members, whose help has been invaluable. We had a bequest of £ 100 from the late Mrs. Reeve and donations of £260. 67p.

Dr. Ezell continues, at his own ...


The George Eliot Fellowship Review- 1986, Kathleen Adams, Graham Handley Jan 1986

The George Eliot Fellowship Review- 1986, Kathleen Adams, Graham Handley

The George Eliot Review

President's Message 6

Annual Report - 1985 7

Accounts - 1985 18

Treasurer's Report - 1985 19

George Eliot Memorial Lecture - 1985: George Eliot and G. H. Lewes: Their conception of literature as seen from the 1980's, by Michael Bell 20

Westminster Abbey Wreath-laying June 1985 27

George Eliot and the 1832 Election by Geoffrey D. M. Block 30

Book Reviews: Female Friendships Cl Communities - Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot Cl Elizabeth Gaskell by Pauline Nestor A Mid-Victorian Feminist, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon by Sheila R. Herstein George Eliot and Blackmail Alexander Welsh 38

The Clarendon Edition of by Scenes of ...


Annual Report 1985 Jan 1986

Annual Report 1985

The George Eliot Review

With an awareness of something positive to do, the Fellowship entered 1985 with a feeling of optimism, and with our thoughts very much occupied with the George Eliot Statue Appeal. By the beginning of the year, and six months in from the launching of the appeal, we were more then halfway to our target, and a lot of work continued to go on to raise the rest of the money and to negotiate all that was necessary in connection with the erection of the statue. These negotiations continued throughout the year in conjunction with Nuneaton Borough Council. The Chief Executive ...


Adam Bede And Riehl's "Social-Political-Conservatism", A.G. Van Den Broek Jan 1986

Adam Bede And Riehl's "Social-Political-Conservatism", A.G. Van Den Broek

The George Eliot Review

George Eliot's Adam Bede is seen frequently to be a good, but flawed novel, an interesting precursor to the much finer Middlemarch and other later novels. U. C. Knoepflmacher, in George Eliot's Early Novels: The Limits of Realism, considers that, essentially, Eliot shared John MiIton's purpose of justifying "Man's lot in the temporal world." Knoepflmacher adds: "Her own belief in scientific veracity did not allow her to create a supernatural world of essences; yet in her way she shared Milton's purpose. 11 But then he says:

The epic strain that was to find its most ...


George Eliot Unveiled, Kathleen Adams Jan 1986

George Eliot Unveiled, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

The excitement associated with the unveiling of John Letts' beautiful statue of George Eliot began for the four officers two days before the ceremony. On March 20th she travelled from the bronze casters in High Wycombe, somewhat ungracefully, on the back of a lorry! The plinth, all clean and bright, was ready and waiting, as was a very large crane, hired from Coventry, and causing a traffic warden slight concern as it was parked on double yellow lines; but, happily, she joined in the spirit of the day, and no parking ticket was issued. The press were there from the ...


George Eliot And The 1832 Election, Geoffrey D.M. Block Jan 1986

George Eliot And The 1832 Election, Geoffrey D.M. Block

The George Eliot Review

This article is an examination of some political aspects of George Eliot's Felix Holt.

The very first Iine of the first chapter of the novel makes it clear that the action takes place in 1832. This was the year of the Reform Act - the year too of the first general election to be held under the provisions of that Act. When she began writing her book in 1865-66 George Eliot did some painstaking research into the happenings and into the electoral practices of the 1832 election. (See her oft-quoted Journal and the Quarry usefully abstracted in the Clarendon edition ...


Book Reviews: Female Friendships And Communities; A Mid-Victorian Feminist, Barabara Leigh Smith Bodichon; George Eliot And Blackmail, Graham Handley Jan 1986

Book Reviews: Female Friendships And Communities; A Mid-Victorian Feminist, Barabara Leigh Smith Bodichon; George Eliot And Blackmail, Graham Handley

The George Eliot Review

Pauline Nestor's book traces the prominence, the emergence of women writers by the mid-nineteenth century, and the making of a community available to themselves. As she puts it, they were banding together, for 'women were no longer merely victims of the pen, but were wielding it themselves.' She comments particularly on Mrs. Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte and the unifying power of maternity in her fiction. In the essays of the period there was a 'prolonged discussion of women's capacity for friendship'. Pauline Nestor is particularly strong on Mrs. Gaskell, tracing her modesty and grace, her ability ...


Obituary: Gordon S. Haight, Kathleen Adams Jan 1986

Obituary: Gordon S. Haight, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

Admirers of George Eliot owe an immense debt to Gordon S. Haight for his work on George Eliot, her life and her works. No-one studying the Nuneatonborn novelist can afford to miss the nine volumes of her letters which came out over a period of 24 years, edited by Haight, and yet it was aImost by chance that he became so involved that the letters grew into a life's work. In 1933 he joined Yale University where he had graduated ten years earlier. That same year he became interested in the collection of George Eliot letters at Yale and ...


Octavia Hill And George Eliot- Coincidences, Margaret Wolfit Jan 1986

Octavia Hill And George Eliot- Coincidences, Margaret Wolfit

The George Eliot Review

For a long time I have been performing two one-woman shows based on the Victorian novelist George Eliot - Firstly, "The Mill on the Floss", and later a biographical portrait of George Eliot herself. About three years ago, I began to feel that perhaps it was time to move on, and I searched around for another Victorian who might be of interest. One of the names that came to mind was that of Octavia Hill. As it happened, I had confused her with someone else, and when I came to research, discovered that I really knew nothing at all about her ...


Message Of Greeting From The Fellowship President, Jonathan G. Ouvry Jan 1986

Message Of Greeting From The Fellowship President, Jonathan G. Ouvry

The George Eliot Review

That this last year has been of particular significance in the life of the Fellowship needs no emphasis from me. NewsIetters throughout the year, and reports in this Review, will have informed those members who for reasons of distance or otherwise have not been able to take part, that much of note has happened.

I have had the greatest pleasure, in every case with my wife Marjorie, in taking part in some of the events of the year, culminating in the unveiling on the 22nd March of what is, without doubt, a most worthy memorial to George Eliot in the ...


Obituary 2: Gordon Haight, Margaret Wolfit Jan 1986

Obituary 2: Gordon Haight, Margaret Wolfit

The George Eliot Review

In the spring of 1972 when I was making plans to take my one woman version of “The Mill of the Floss” to the Edinburgh Festival fringe I plucked up courage and wrote a letter to Gordon Haight asking his help with some programme notes. I had, of course, read and greatly admired his definitive biography of George Eliot, but I had never met him. Some weeks later I received a telephone call from him. He told me he was in London, he didn’t know how he could help m but suggested that I might like to see him ...


What Is A Pole Doing In Middlemarch?, David Malcolm Jan 1986

What Is A Pole Doing In Middlemarch?, David Malcolm

The George Eliot Review

“’ His name is Ladislaw. He is said to be of foreign extraction.’

“’ I know the sort,’ said Mr. Hawley; ‘some emissary. He’ll begin with flourish about the Rights of Man and end with murdering a wench. That’s the style.’”

The first shock in Poland for a native Enlgish- speaking reader of Middlemarch is to discover that Will Lnadislaw’s surname should probably be Wladyslaw, and be pronounced /vwa:disqa:v/. Subsequently, a heightened awareness of Polish history suggests that the Polish aspect of the character of Will and his role within Middlemarch may be a fruitful object of ...


The Identity Of Klesmer In Daniel Deronda, Rupert Christiansen Jan 1986

The Identity Of Klesmer In Daniel Deronda, Rupert Christiansen

The George Eliot Review

The identification of a source for Julius Klesmer, the expatriate pianist-composer in Daniel Deronda, has long provided a mild tease for readers and scholars. In 1885 Lord Acton pronounced him 'the embodiment of Liszt, in the knowledge that George Eliot and Lewes had met the great virtuoso during their visit to Weimar in 1854-5. Broadly, the parallels between the two are obvious, and the matching generally held until in 1968 the late Gordon Haight published an essay in Imagined Worlds (ed. Maynard Mack), which made a strong case for the Russian Jew Anton Rubinstein, another Weimar acquaintance, who shared Klesmer ...


Respond To The Speech At The Unveiling Of George Eliot Statue, Kathleen Adams Jan 1986

Respond To The Speech At The Unveiling Of George Eliot Statue, Kathleen Adams

The George Eliot Review

The George Eliot Fellowship feels a great sense of achievement today, for. after two years of work and effort, we now have George Eliot in the heart of 'Milby' - the name she chose for Nuneaton. We are proud to have played so Iarge a part in having this fine memorial statue erected as a token of our admiration of a great but warm and human woman. What she would have thought of the statue we have no way of knowing. But, although she was a diffident person, I Iike to think she would have been warmed and touched that so ...


Speech At The Unveiling Of George Eliot Statue, Jonathan Ouvry Jan 1986

Speech At The Unveiling Of George Eliot Statue, Jonathan Ouvry

The George Eliot Review

Putting up a statue has been, for some two or three thousand years, a favourite way of keeping alive the memory of a person worthy to be remembered. Whatever the reason, it must be the case that only the most exceptional talents are now memorialised in this way. It must, I think, be particularly exceptional for the subject of a statue to be female; I mean, of course, a statue as a memorial - in terms of pure art statuary must almost invariably be female. Leaving aside Greek goddesses, Queen Victoria and, looking a little to the south, Lady Godiva, the ...


Book Review: The Clarendon Edition Of Scenes Of Clerical Life, Kathleen Porter Jan 1986

Book Review: The Clarendon Edition Of Scenes Of Clerical Life, Kathleen Porter

The George Eliot Review

The editor's Introduction to an author's first work of fiction published in a new edition is of very special interest, since it is concerned with the foundations of a writer's art. The story of the transformation of Marian Lewes, nee Mary Ann Evans, into George Eliot is well known, and she has never appeared more charming than in her own account of how she came to write fiction. Thomas A. Noble's Introduction quotes freely from George Eliot's Autograph Journal and from letters, bringing vividly to life the new author of fiction and her generous publisher ...


Book Review: Silas Marner- Not Quite A "Common Ol' Workin' Man", Kathleen Porter Jan 1986

Book Review: Silas Marner- Not Quite A "Common Ol' Workin' Man", Kathleen Porter

The George Eliot Review

To compile a programme of Readings about 'the curse of the drinking classes' (Oscar Wilde) which is both· satisfying and moving, requires some diligence and industry. This belies Gabriel Woo If's statement, as he introduced himself to his audience, that, apart from two whole weeks in an office, he had spent his life not doing a day's work, in Mr. Lawrence senior's sense of the word. As a matter of fact, we were moved, in a most satisfying way, sometimes to laughter, sometimes to tears, by passages read with such feeling that it was hard to believe ...


At The Grave Of George Eliot, Amy Clampitt Jan 1986

At The Grave Of George Eliot, Amy Clampitt

The George Eliot Review

Laid in unconsecrated Eround, a scandal

still-note how good Gerard Hopkins

recoiled from what a queer, awkward girl,

frail-shouldered, massive, rickety,

volcanic" out of an unconsecrated

attachment, a marriage that was

no marriage (one would have added,

till opprobrium intervened, but

something better), to a pockmarked

lightweight of a drama critic, saw blossom:

this domestic improbability, this

moonftower. They were happy.

Happiness: that-as it always has been-was

the scandal. As for the unembarrassed

pursuit of same, run giddily

amok, by now, among the lit-up

purlieus of a game show (died

of a conniption, beaming), time

spared her that, though not ...


Annual Report- 1986 Jan 1986

Annual Report- 1986

The George Eliot Review

1986 was undoubtedly the Year of the Statue and the erection and unveiling in March was the highlight of our work in promoting and honouring George Eliot. A full report appeared in the 1986 Review and it is not necessary to include any more in this report, except to say that, after all the public ceremony of the day before, the Fellowship met at the George Eliot Hotel on Sunday, March 23rd for a Celebration Luncheon. This was informal and extremely pleasant, and it proved to be a real 'family' affair. Jonathan and Marjorie Ouvry stayed over to be with ...


The Fifteenth George Eliot Memorial Lecture- 1986, Loius Marks Jan 1986

The Fifteenth George Eliot Memorial Lecture- 1986, Loius Marks

The George Eliot Review

To make a film of such a well-loved classic book as Silas Marner could be called a calculated risk. To venture into the home territory of George Eliot and talk about it to an audience of experts in the subject seems frankly foolhardy. So, while expressing my gratitude to the George Eliot Fellowship for inviting me to address you, I cannot deny that my awareness of the great honour you do me is mixed with more than a dash of trepidation.

First let me say that I do not think I have anything profound to add to the perennial debate ...


George Eliot And American Films, George V. Griffith Jan 1986

George Eliot And American Films, George V. Griffith

The George Eliot Review

To Kathleen Adams t discussion of George Eliot film adaptations (Review, 1977), I would Iike to add two interesting items omitted and a few comments. Other than that piece and a few brief remarks about George Eliot theatrical adaptations in a column in the London Illustrated News (Mar. 5, 1927), nothing has been written about Eliot on stage and screen. The subject deserves more treatment.

The silent era of filmmaking in America coincided with a period in American culture when English "classics lt possessed a certain cachet that made them good properties for an entertainment industry with aspirations to something ...