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Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by George Meredith. The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith. No cover available. Download. The Egoist, in full The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative, comic novel by George Meredith, published in three volumes in The novel is one of Meredith’s most. Complete summary of George Meredith’s The Egoist. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Egoist.

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His work is less highly praised today than it was when this novel first came out, but, bottom line, he was more of a modern writer than a Victorian one.

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The Egoist

A 21st century sensibility would like a more concise book, but this is a trip back in time. Sir Willoughby Patterne is self-centered, wealthy, unforgiving and worried about what people think. What is striking about Willoughby is the way he goes about choosing a wife. Humbled at last, Patterne honestly courts Laetitia and convinces her to marry him. Meredith saw egoism as the great enemy of truth, feeling and progress, and comedy as the great dissolver of artifice. The novel sticks pretty closely to the Aristotelian unities: It is a difficult novel to read, but well worth the effort.

Her growing realization, both of her position and the position of women as a whole, and her increasing desperate efforts to escape, make for a riveting read. I had read this novel in my college days, as part of a tutorial on comedy. Meredith with his unerring good sense egokst lets the plot triumph” rather than explaining Dale’s character more fully. Oscar Wilde geoege him one of his favorite writers.

To have written must have taken an extraordinary amount of self-knowledge, and brutal honesty. It’s odd how an interest in Chinese Classical literature has also brought about an interest in English and French classical literature.

You see what he comes to — and his wife!

Meredith was one of the authors on my guilt list. Meredith deliberately exasperates us, by providing readers with the full picture and letting us see how easy it is to deceive even the cleverest characters if they never see the whole man as we do.


He collected his early writings, first published in periodicals, into Poemswhich wa George Meredith was an English novelist and poet during the Victorian merdeith. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

The Egoist by George Meredith

View all 10 comments. Like Willoughby, Meredith was rather careless with his woman. Both are comedies, full of Meredithian wit and brilliant dialogue and notable for women characters who prove their…. The book is introduced as the comedy of the Egoist, Sir Willoughby Patterne, as he tries to get marrie It’s hard to explain quite what’s not especially readable about this book and why I liked it anyway.

Fiction Classics Literary Fiction. As she gets to know his quirks of personality and experiences his intolerance to perceived disloyalty, she starts to realize who she will become once she has been indoctrinated into this self-love dictatorship over the coming decades. Articles that link to Wikisource Articles with Project Gutenberg links. I was advised not to read the prelude of the book.

Meredith’s satirical style actually makes him harder to read than his straight-forward contemporaries, imo. The center of the story is the egoistic life of our non-hero, who stationed himself at the altar of esteem and consideration. The hope would be that some of what he was saying would stick in the minds of people, and maybe that spark of understanding would lead to future compassions for the geoege of their daughters and wives. Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron.

Faced with an egoist or psychopath is there a difference? This is not the hhe of his contemporaries, like Wilde meredirh Peacock, but the comedys of Shakespeare. Virginia Woolf said of The Egoist: At pages, this novel was excessively wordy and long-winded, a trait common to many earlier Victorian novels. He read law and was articled as a solicitor, but abandoned that profession for journalism and poetry shortly after marrying Mary Ellen Egokst, a widowed daughter of Thomas Love Peacock, in There are three tbe in his life and he plans to marry each one until he is dumped and then discovers a new one in the nick of time to save face.


I can’t believe how many conversations about vitally important matters were completely misinterpreted because of pronoun use! The audio version is available at LibriVox. Jul eogist, Nicole rated it liked it Shelves: Books by George Meredith. The book can be seen as a giant mea culpa, a reparation of sorts. Sep 25, Issicratea rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is introduced as the comedy of the Egoist, Sir Willoughby Patterne, as he tries to get married, having some difficulty at the beginning deciding who the lucky lady should be, and then with hanging on to her.

Jul 30, Elizabeth LaPrelle rated it liked it. The man was utterly unconscious of giving vent to the grossest selfishness. George Meredith’s sentences are absolutely labyrinthine and took some getting used to although, even at the end of the book I was rereading jeredith passages geoege discern meaning.

I loved this book. These choruses make periodic pages-long appearances, and Meredith is at his most abstruse when detailing how these airy spirits of mischief are arranging matters to bring low the pretensions of the principals.

The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith

Clara rejects him after learning of his geirge she has also fallen in love with another man. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women’s bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Very enjoyable in a Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde kind of way.

Who can define him?