George Meredith

The Life and Writing of an Alteregoist

  • Richard Cronin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Richard Cronin
    Pages 1-26
  3. Richard Cronin
    Pages 27-68
  4. Richard Cronin
    Pages 69-99
  5. Richard Cronin
    Pages 101-130
  6. Richard Cronin
    Pages 131-178
  7. Richard Cronin
    Pages 179-215
  8. Richard Cronin
    Pages 217-244
  9. Richard Cronin
    Pages 245-275
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 277-294

About this book


George Meredith: The Life and Writing of an Alteregoist is not only a critical biography of the Victorian novelist and poet George Meredith but also a portrait of the novel in the later nineteenth century. Interweaving analysis of Meredith’s novels and poems with discussion of his life, Richard Cronin focuses primarily on the books Meredith read and wrote—arguing that novels by the end of the nineteenth century were shaped as much by the reading as by the experience of their writers. Cronin places Meredith’s novels in relation to the work of his contemporaries including Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and George Gissing. Organized thematically, the book explores Meredith’s personal side—including his hostility to biography, his origins as the son of a tailor, his marriages—as well as his reading habits, and the prose style that is the most complete expression of his strange but compelling personality.


George Meredith Modern Marriage Victorian novels literary biography life writing Henry James Thomas Hardy George Gissing

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Cronin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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