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George Eliot Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about George Eliot, the time, place, players, and culture?


E-text of the novel.

Silas Marner

E-text of the 1861 novel.

Adam Bede

E-text of Eliot's first novel.

The Mill on the Floss

E-text of the novel.

"O May I Join the Choir Invisible"

Poetry by Eliot.

"The Ethics of George Eliot's Works"

A critical essay on Eliot published in 1874.

"Silly Novels by Lady Novelists"

Eliot's manifesto on fiction written by women.

The Life of George Eliot by John Morley

E-text of a 1904 biography of the writer.

Athenaeum Review

An 1860 review of The Mill on the Floss by a popular literary magazine.


An 1840 letter George Eliot wrote to her uncle Samuel Evans.

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