Welcome to George Eliot Scholars, a dynamic online resource dedicated to making scholarship about George Eliot accessible worldwide. It is a sister to the George Eliot Archive and the George Eliot Review Online projects, edited by Beverley Park Rilett, with assistant editor, Eleanor Dumbill.

With over 500 open-access publications, including journal articles, book chapters, theses, and conference papers, users can freely explore and download materials without any fees or registration requirements.

 But we're not just here to provide information – we want to hear from you! Whether you're a reader, researcher, or educator, we invite you to contribute your own work on Eliot's life and literature. Our digital commons offers a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Scholars who publish their work in progress facilitate the discovery and citation of their unique interpretations and critical claims.

No registration is required to view the materials published on the George Eliot Scholars website, but you will need to register here to add your previously published preprints or new work to the George Eliot Scholars collection.

We are accepting articles, monographs, book chapters, theses, dissertations, conference papers, video presentations, and reviews of books about George Eliot. Thanks to all those who have already contributed. We're happy to make your work more readily discoverable.

George Eliot Scholars holds no copyright to any of the materials on the website. Contributors to this site have agreed to share their materials under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), which requires the author and source to be credited and allows only non-commercial sharing. We upload only Creative Commons and Open Access materials. If we have uploaded anything whose copyright is in dispute, it is our policy to take it down within thirty days of any written request. 

The Scholars website is the vibrant youngest sister of the George Eliot Archive (2018-) and the George Eliot Review Online (2017-).  The Archive serves as a repository of public domain documents and born-digital data visualizations on the author, while the Review Online offers an open-access digital archive of over 50 years' worth of peer-reviewed journals published by our esteemed partner, the George Eliot Fellowship. We encourage you to browse these affiliated websites for comprehensive information on Eliot's life and works.

The George Eliot Scholars site, launched officially on December 31, 2020, is still a work in progress. If you experience any issues or have feedback for how we can improve, please let us know at GeorgeEliotArchive@gmail.com or write directly to the project director, Dr. Beverley Park Rilett at bdr0032@auburn.edu.


Editor / Director, Beverley Park Rilett, is an Associate Research Professor at Auburn University in Alabama, home of the George Eliot Archive and its sister projects since August, 2021. She also serves as a vice president of the George Eliot Fellowship and the digital editor of the Fellowship’s George Eliot Review journal. Previously, Rilett held positions as an Assistant Research Professor in English and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2013 to 2021. With a strong commitment to open access in scholarly publishing, she reissued her edition of British Poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century: A Selection for College Students as an open-access digital edition in 2019. Several of her peer-reviewed articles on Eliot's life and works are re-published here. 

Assistant Editor, Eleanor Dumbill, recently completed her PhD at Loughborough University and works in research technology. Her research focuses on George Eliot, Frances Milton Trollope, and Frances Eleanor Trollope, and her dissertation is published here. In addition to assistant editing George Eliot Scholars, Dumbill maintains an archive of the Trollope family's periodical writing, The Periodical Trollopes.