There is no English novelist whose reputation has fluctuated so violently as that of George Meredith. First published in 1971, this volume of essays reassesses the works of George Meredith. Despite his unevenness, the essays demonstrate that Meredith was an important experimental writer and as one of the masters of the English novel.
This book will be of interest to those studying 19th Century literature.
Table of Contents
Preface; Meredith’s Reputation John Lucas; Meredith as Poet John Lucas; The Shaving og Shagpat: Meredith’s Comic Apocalypse Ian Fletcher; The Ordeal of Richard Feverel: A Sentimental Education Juliet Mitchell; ‘Snips’, ‘Snobs’ and the ‘True Gentleman’ in Evan Harrington Margaret Tarratt; On Re-reading Evan Harrington J. M. S. Tompkins; Rhoda Fleming: Meredith in the Margin David Howard; Emilia in England and Italy Ioan Williams; The Adventures of Harry Richmond – Bildungsroman and Historical Novel Margaret Tarratt; Beauchamp’s Career Arnold Kettle; The Egoist: Anatomy or Striptease? John Goode; The Tragic Comedians: Meredith’s Use of Image Patterns Leonée Ormond; Diana of the Crossways: Internal History and the Brainstuff of Fiction; One of our Conquerors: Language and Music Gillian Beer; One of our Conquerors and the Country of Blue Bernard A. Richards; Lord Ormont and his Aminta and the Amazing Marriage Barbara Hardy; Index