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George Eliot’s Social Network

George Eliot’s Social Network

Scroll down for an interactive visualization of George Eliot’s social network (sometimes called a relationship web or, occasionally, a personography), where you will find information about George Eliot's relationships with friends, family members, and business associates.

We have written brief biographical notes and added public domain portraits whenever possible for more than 125 individuals who were connected to George Eliot. More will be added in annual updates. The summaries focus more on each person's relationship with Eliot, rather than on their individual accomplishments.

The summaries, largely informed by the indispensable Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot (2001) edited by John Rignall, represent the collaborative writing of Dr. Rilett with several research assistants, including (in alphabetical order): Sydney BatySusannah Boyer, Megan Ekstrom, Lindsay Roberts, Maxwell Robeson, Brandon Unverferth, and Hollie Tucker. The visualization model was coded by Riley Jhi in 2018 and updated in 2022 by Libo (Donald) Sun.

The George Eliot Archive team appreciates the editorial assistance in 2020 of Dr. John Rignall and Dr. Kathleen McCormack for suggestions and corrections. We will continue to add more of Eliot's associates in future iterations. Your feedback (including suggested corrections) will be welcome at bdr0032@auburn.edu.