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George Meredith (1828-1909)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the English Victorian era novelist and poet George Meredith, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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Introduction & Literary Criticism

"George Meredith." Articles on Meredith's techniques, themes, biography, and the Victorian background. The Victorian Web, ed. George Landow.

"George Meredith." A biography and introduction to George Meredith, includes a list of his works and a recommended reading list, from the Poetry Foundation.

Carens, Timothy L. Colonial Male Authority in George Meredith's "Lord Ormont and His Aminta." First page of article only. Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, The Nineteenth Century 41, 4 (Autumn 2001).

Houston, Natalie M. "Affecting authenticity: Sonnets from the Portuguese and Modern Love" [and Elizabeth Barrett Browning]. Houston analyzes the emotional content and effect of the poems. Studies in the Literary Imagination, Fall 2002.

Jones, Mervyn. A review of The Amazing Victorian: A Life of George Meredith (Constable). Says the reviewer, "George Meredith's contemporaries considered him the 19th century's leading literary innovator. His Celtic comic spirit combined with an Anglo-Saxon moral seriousness made Shaw his admirer but rarely his intellectual equal. Only since we've become familiar with the likes of Nabokov and Pynchon can we fully appreciate Meredith as our first great modern novelist." Reviewed in The Spectator 18 Dec. 1999 by Michael Moorcock [gone].

Pritchett, V.S. A review of V. S. Pritchett, George Meredith and English Comedy (Random House 1970). Says the reviewer, Pritchett has "brilliantly made Meredith a man who had something to Say to Our Times." Time Magazine, 3 Aug. 1970.

Stevenson, Richard C. "Laetitia Dale and the Comic Spirit in The Egoist." Nineteenth-Century Fiction 26, 4 (March 1972) [first page only, jstor].

Zlosnik, Sue. A substantial introduction to George Meredith from the Literary Encyclopedia, 20 Sept. 2002 [subscription service].

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