Eliot Project

Having finished the “Dickens Project” some time ago, “Sophie” of A Reasonable Quantity of Butter and I have decided to begin the “Eliot Project”. We are going to read all of George Eliot’s novels in the order they were written. Most of her novels are divided into several “books”. Our plan is to once a week write something about each section as we go, as well as to review a few movie adaptations along the way.

George Eliot photograph - scaledGeorge Eliot is the pen name of Mary Ann Evans (1819 – 1880). According to the British literary critic F. R. Leavis, there were only five truly great novelists writing in English: Jane Austen, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, and George Eliot. George Eliot began her writing career with a number of translations. She then published three of her own short stories which were soon collected into a volume called Scenes of Clerical Life (1857). Adam Bede was her first full-length novel. It was published in 1859, the year George Eliot turned forty. It was followed by The Mill on the Floss (1960); Silas Marner (1861); Romola (1863); Felix Holt, the Radical (1866); Middlemarch (1871 – 1872); and Daniel Deronda (1874 – 1876).

I have already read Silas Marner, Felix Holt, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda at least once, but the others will be (mostly) new to me.

Adam Bede (1859)

  • Book I — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book II — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book III — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book IV — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book V — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VI — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • 1992 BBC adaption, starring Iain Glen, Patsy Kensit, James Wilby, Susannah Harker, and Julia Kenzie — Sophie’s review. (She also put together a chronology of the novel.)

The Mill on the Floss (1860)

  • Book I: Boy and Girl — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book II: School-Time — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book III: The Downfall — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book IV: The Valley of Humiliation — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book V: Wheat and Tares — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VI: The Great Temptation — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VII: The Final Rescue — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • 1997 Masterpiece Theatre adaption, starring Emily Watson — My review, Sophie’s review.

Silas Marner (1861)

  • Part One, Part Two, Conclusion — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • 1985 BBC adaption, starring Ben Kingsley and Patsy Kensit — My review, Sophie’s review.

Romola (1863)

Felix Holt, the Radical (1866)

  • Volume 1 (Introduction – Chapter 14) — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Volume 2 (Chapters 15 – 33) — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Volume 3 (Chapter 34 – Epilogue) — My notes, Sophie’s notes.

Middlemarch (1871-72)

  • Book I: Miss Brooke — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book II: Old and Young — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book III: Waiting for Death — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book IV: Three Love Problems — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book V: The Dead Hand — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VI: The Widow and the Wife — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VII: Two Temptations — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VIII: Sunset and Sunrise — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • 1994 BBC adaption, starring Juliet Aubrey, Rufus Sewell, Trevyn McDowell, and Jonathan Firth — My review, Sophie’s review. (She also wrote an enjoyable piece called “Middlemarchers Shop in the Chicago Suburbs”.)

Daniel Deronda (1876)

  • Book I: The Spoiled Child — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book II: Meeting Streams — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book III: Maidens Choosing — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book IV: Gwendolen Gets Her Choice — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book V: Mordecai — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VI: Revelations — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VII: The Mother and the Son — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • Book VIII: Fruit and Seed — My notes, Sophie’s notes.
  • 2002 BBC adaption, starring Romola Garai, Hugh Dancy, and Jodhi May

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