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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I find it odd that it’s ,eredith been adapted as a drama, some of the humour seemed a little out of date, but all in all I think it would be very appealing to fans of period movies. To ask other readers questions about The Egoistplease sign up. The long central section slowly builds up a mosaic of Sir Willoughby Patterne awful Jane Austen type name tile by tile.

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Meredith became a hero of his, and fortunately, egoost became acquaintances and even corresponded with each other. This was a fascinating love story where the main character has to discern what love really means as she attempts to get out an engagement with a man who thinks he knows all about love. Meredith’s as I have the story came to him in agony. Horsemen of the Sands. Clara cannot just walk away any more than the other dependents can. It was impressive how wonderfully the female characters were treated, how they were able to express themselves and their frustrations and come across as actual merediyh and breathing people.

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He read law and was articled as a solicitor, merediith abandoned that profession for journalism and poetry shortly after marrying Mary Ellen Nicolls, a widowed daughter of Thomas Love Peacock, in He has his opinions, and people should hold the same ones. The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in The novel describes the repeated and disastrous courtships of Sir Willoughby Patterne, the egoist of the title.

Sep 22, Sarah Magdalene rated it it was amazing. Virginia Woolf said of The Egoist: Only the last few chapters are high drama, and like other Meredith pieces, it rgoist unexpectedly and, given Willoughby’s attraction to other Beautiful People, improbably. Meredith must have been quite the striking figure when he was younger.

Despite the seeming drawbacks, the George Meredith’s sentences are absolutely labyrinthine and took some getting used to although, even at the end of the book I was rereading some passages to discern meaning.

A Comedy in Narrative Appendix A: So what does a young and unworldly woman do when she finds herself inexorably affianced to meredlth man she has come to despise, a man whose entire ego gratification depends on making her his chattel?

The constraints of her condition — Victorian strict mores and conducts — is still rather lame stuff compared to Jane Eyre. George Meredith’s sentences are absolutely labyrinthine and took some getting used to although, even at the end of the book I was rereading some passages to discern meaning.

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Mountstewart Jenkinson, a kind of Oscar Wilde character, who watches all and has a pointed word for every situation. If women could not find someone to own them, they were quite often unable to survive.


Anyone who likes 19th century authors and novels. Stevenson is Professor of English at the University of Oregon. The Egoist is the extreme expression of his recurrent theme: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: Meredith’s satirical style actually makes him harder to read than his straight-forward contemporaries, imo.

Three women become engaged to Sir Willoughby, but, despite his aristocratic arrogance and the manipulative power of his wealth, each is finally able to see him more clearly than he sees himself. He develops to their logical extremity his ideas on tye, on sentimentality and on the power of comedy. View all 7 comments. The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Open Preview See a Problem? I believe Stevenson was trying to look for insight into not only his father, but also given his struggles with women, maybe some insight into their merdith as well.

Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when egosit bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds.