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George Meredith


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Fletcher, Ian, ed. Meredith Now: Some Critical Essays. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1971. Particularly useful in this collection of critical essays on Meredith’s work is John Lucas’s essay “Meredith as Poet.”

Jones, Mervyn. The Amazing Victorian: A Life of George Meredith. London: Constable, 1999. Jones’s biography aims to recover Meredith from obscurity and introduce the author to a new generation of readers. Jones links Meredith’s life to his writing and includes a forty-page appendix recounting the plot summaries of all of Meredith’s novels.

Priestley, J. B. George Meredith. New York: Macmillan, 1970. Contains useful information on Meredith’s life and good insight into his work. First published in 1926.

Trevelyan, G. M. The Poetry and Philosophy of George Meredith. New York: Russell & Russell, 1966. This study provides helpful commentary on Meredith’s poetry from a contemporary admirer. First published in 1920.

Williams, Joan, ed. Meredith: The Critical Heritage. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1971. Provides a lengthy, invaluable record of the early criticism, including Algernon Charles Swinburne and Robert Louis Stevenson’s different statements of defense of Meredith against the charge of indecency.

Wright, Walter F. Art and Substance in George Meredith: A Study in Narrative. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1953. Argues for a congruity among Meredith’s emotional life, intellectual life, and creative work. Index.