The Egoist

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Fiction - 434 pages
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This edition of Meredith's satirical novel of manners reprints the text of 1897, which incorporated Meredith's revisions to the first edition of 1879. The editor has corrected some errors which escaped Meredith's attention and has provided exceptionally useful notes on the novel. "Backgrounds" includes Meredith's "Essay on Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit." "The Critical Essays" are by Robert D. Mayo, Richard B. Hudson, Jenni Calder, Gillian Beer, John Goode, Charles J. Hill, Michael Sundell, Virginia Woolf, John Lucas, and Robert M. Adams. A Bibliography is also included.
  

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I thought this book started slowly and was daunted by the 600 pages to come, but it soon got really interesting. The main character's name, Willoughby Patterne, is your clue that this is a comedy of ... Read full review

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Contents

A Chapter of which the Last Page Only is of Importance
3
A Minor Incident Showing an Hereditary Aptitude in the Use of the Knife
7
The Young Sir Willoughby
9
Constantia Durham
14
Letitia Dale
20
Clara Middleton
31
His Courtship
38
The Betrothed
46
At the Railway Station
222
The Return
229
and He Receives Much Instruction
235
o Treating of the Dinnerparty at Mrs Mountstuart Jenkinsons
251
Sir Willoughby Attempts and Achieves Pathos
259
Let it in Dale Discovers a Spiritual Change and Dr Middleton a Physical
268
In which the Comic Muse has an Eye on Two Good Souls
276
Mrs Mountstuart and Sir Willoughby
282

A Walk with the Master
56
They are Compared
63
In which Sir Willoughby Chances to Supply the Title for Himself
72
The Doubleblossom Wild Cherrytree
85
Miss Middleton and Mr Vernon Whitford
95
The First Effort after Freedom i oo 14 Sir Willoughby and Letitia
109
The Petition for a Release
117
Clara and Letitia
126
The Porcelain Vase
133
Colonel De Craye
139
Colonel De Craye and Clara Middleton
146
An Aged and Great Wine
156
Claras Meditations
165
The Ride
174
Treats of the Union of Temper and Policy
185
Contains an Instance of the Generosity of Willoughby
195
The Flight in Wild Weather
205
Vernon in Pursuit
217
Miss Middleton and Mrs Mountstuart
293
Animated Conversation at a Luncheontable
306
Contains Clever Fencing and Intimations of the Need For It
315
In which We Take a Step to the Centre of Egoism
323
In the Heart of the Egoist
328
Sir Willoughby and Ltetitia with Young Crossjay under a Coverlet
334
The Revd Dr Middleton Clara and Sir Willoughby
343
Shows the Divining Arts of a Perceptive Mind
355
In which Sir Willoughby is Led To Think that the Elements Have Conspired Against Him
367
the Ladies Eleanor and Isabel and Mr Dale
380
Mr Dale Lady Busshe and Lady Culmer with Mrs Mountstuart Jenkinsm
388
The Scene of Sir Willoughbys Generalship
395
Sir Willoughby and His Friend Horace De Craye
406
The Lovers
415
Ltetitia and Sir Willoughby
424
Upon which the Curtain Falls
431
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The Egoist (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jump to: navigation, search. The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. ...
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JSTOR: The Functions of Flitch in The Egoist
The Functions of Flitch in The Egoist. Michael C. Sundell. Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 24, No. 2, 227-235. Sep., 1969. ...
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George Meredith. we Henley. [Victorian Web Home —> Authors —> we Henley —> Works]. According to Henley's "Prefatory," which self-deprecatingly descibes ...
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The Egoist. The Egoist is considered by many to be English writer George Meredith's finest work. In this excerpt from the novel's prelude, which was first ...
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The Egoist/Chapter L - Wikisource
UPON WHICH THE CURTAIN FALLS. "Plain sense upon the marriage question is my demand upon man and woman, for the stopping of many a tragedy." ...
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The Egoist / Meredith, George, 1828-1909
FOR PUBLIC DOMAIN ETEXTS*Ver.07/27/01*END* This etext was prepared by Jim Tinsley jtinsley@pobox.com THE EGOIST A Comedy in Narrative by GEORGE MEREDITH ...
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NEW PLAYS IN LONDON.; Dialogue for "The Egoist" Written by George ...
LONDON, Dec. 10. -- Stephen Phillips has finished a play in verse, founded upon the story of Paolo and Francesca, for George Alexander. NEW PLAYS IN LONDON. ...
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ebook The Egoist Meredith George
George Meredith. THE EGOIST. A Comedy in Narrative. PRELUDE. A Chapter of which the Last Page only is of any Importance ...
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NOTES AND QUERIES
310. NOTES AND QUERIES. August, 1983. A COMPOSITORIAL ERROR IN. THE EGOIST. THERE is a terse comment by Meredith on the ...
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About the author (1995)

An intellectual novelist, George Meredith was leisurely, epigrammatic, and involved at a time when the public admired the swift narrative flow of Dickens and Thackeray. His novels were designed to penetrate the hidden motivations of character. He boasted that he never wrote a word to please the public and counted as the greatest compliment ever paid to him the statement that he had brought about a change in public taste. Meredith's reputation grew slowly. His first important novel, "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" (1859), a fine study of the emotional growth of a young man, is his most epigrammatic work and had little popular success. "The Egoist" (1879), a comedy in narrative, regarded by most critics as his masterpiece, was the first to receive popular attention. "Diana of the Crossways" (1885), his most popular book, gave to fiction a new and particularly well-drawn heroine, the woman of fine brain and strong body. His "The Essay on Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit" (1897) has been described as the key to his novels. But Meredith, like Thomas Hardy, thought more of his poems than of his novels and preferred to be remembered as a poet. In notes for "The Selected Poetical Works of George Meredith" (1955), G. M. Trevelyan writes: "His poems are more especially concerned with his philosophy, and the novels with his application of it to ethical problems." Meredith's philosophy was one of optimism, but it was "the optimism of temperament and not of creed." George Meredith received the Order of Merit in 1905. He died in 1909.

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