Welcome to George Eliot Scholars, an online resource dedicated to making scholarship about George Eliot accessible worldwide. It is a sister project to the George Eliot Archive and the George Eliot Review Online. The Scholars project offers over 500 open-access publications, including journal articles, book chapters, theses, and conference papers, available for download without any fees or registration requirements.

We also invite you to contribute your own work on George Eliot, whether you're a reader, researcher, or educator. Our digital commons provides a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing, helping scholars gain recognition for their unique interpretations and critical claims.

While registration is not necessary to view our materials, registering here will allow you to add your previously published or new work to the George Eliot Scholars collection. We accept articles, book chapters, theses, dissertations, conference papers, video presentations, and book reviews.

At George Eliot Scholars, we prioritize the sharing of knowledge. We hold no copyright to the materials on our website, and all contributors have agreed to share their work under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), ensuring proper credit and non-commercial sharing.

George Eliot Scholars serves as a valuable addition to the George Eliot Archive (2018-) and the George Eliot Review Online (2017-) by providing more recent explorations of Eliot's life and works that are not yet in the public domain (post-1929). They have been sourced through from open  open access publications or generously contributed by the creators themselves.

For a deeper understanding of Eliot's legacy, we encourage you to explore our affiliated projects. The George Eliot Archive serves as a repository of public domain documents, images, and born-digital data visualizations and text analysis tools, while the George Eliot Review Online offers an open-access digital archive of over 50 years' worth of peer-reviewed journals published by our partner, the George Eliot Fellowship

The George Eliot Scholars site was launched on December 31, 2020 and continues to be developed. 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.


Beverley Park Rilett, Director, is an Associate Research Professor and Digital Humanities Coordinator at Auburn University in Alabama. 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, from 2013-2021, Rilett was 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. She is committed to open access in scholarly publishing; her British Poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century: A Selection for College Students was reissued 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.