The primary sources are George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals, 3 vols., ed. J. W. Cross ( 1885); The George Eliot Letters, 9 vols., ed. Gordon S. Haight ( 1954-78). The standard, probably definitive biography is George Eliot: A Biography by Gordon S. Haight ( 1968, revised paperback edn., 1985). For bibliographies consult the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, vol. 3 ( 1969), pp. 899-912, and the sections on George Eliot by W. J. Harvey in Victorian Fiction. A Guide to Research, ed. Lionel Stevenson ( 1964), pp. 294-323, and by U. C. Knoepflmacher in Victorian Fiction. A Second Guide to Research, ed. George H. Ford ( 1978), pp. 234-73.
Criticism or scholarly information or both are found in the following: William Baker, George Eliot and Judaism ( 1975); his Some George Eliot Notebooks: an edition of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library's George Eliot Holograph Notebooks, MSS 707-11 (Salzburg, 1976-85); Joan Bennett, George Eliot: Her Mind and Her Art ( 1948); Gillian Beer, Darwin's Plots ( 1983); David Carroll (ed.), George Eliot: The Critical Heritage ( 1971); Barbara Hardy, The Novels of George Eliot: A Study in Form ( 1959); her Critical Essays on George Eliot ( 1970); her Particularities: Readings in George Eliot ( 1982); W. J. Harvey, The Art of George Eliot ( 1961); Gordon S. Haight , A Century of George Eliot Criticism ( 1965); John Holmstrom and Laurence Lerner (eds.), George Eliot and her Readers ( 1966); F. R. Leavis, The Great Tradition ( 1948); Leslie Stephen, George Eliot ( 1902); Jerome Thale, The Novels of George Eliot ( 1959); Alexander Welsh, George Eliot and Blackmail ( 1985); Hugh Witemeyer , George Eliot and the Visual Arts ( 1979).
Also of related interest are: Thomas Pinney (ed.), Essays of George Eliot ( 1963); Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity (trans. M. Evans [ George Eliot] 1854).