George Meredith

(12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909 / Portsmouth, England)

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George Meredith, OM was an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era.

Life

Meredith was born in Portsmouth, England, a son and grandson of naval outfitters. His mother died when he was five. At the age of 14 he was sent to a Moravian School in Neuwied, Germany, where he remained for two years. He read law and was articled as a solicitor, but abandoned that profession for journalism and poetry. He collaborated with Edward Gryffydh Peacock, son of Thomas Love Peacock in publishing a privately circulated literary magazine, the Monthly Observer. He married Edward Peacock's widowed sister Mary Ellen Nicolls in 1849 when he was twenty-one years old and she was ... more »

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  • ''Cynicism is intellectual dandyism without the coxcomb's feathers.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Clara Middleton, quoting Mr. Whitford, in The Egoist, ch. 7 (1879). Clara adds: "It seems to me that ...
  • ''As the clouds the clouds chase;
    And we go,
    And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
    Even we,
    Even so.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British poet. Dirge in Woods (l. 11-15). . . The Poems of George Meredith. Vol. 1. Phyllis B. Bartlett (1978) Yale Un...
  • ''Not a breath of wild air;
    Still as the mosses that glow
    On the flooring and over the lines''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British poet. Dirge in Woods (l. 3-5). . . The Poems of George Meredith. Vol. 1. Phyllis B. Bartlett (1978) Yale Univ...
  • ''The pine-tree drops its dead;
    They are quiet, as under the sea.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British poet. Dirge in Woods (l. 7-8). . . The Poems of George Meredith. Vol. 1. Phyllis B. Bartlett (1978) Yale Univ...
  • Darker grows the valley, more and more forgetting:
    So were it with me if forgetting could be willed.
    Tell the grassy hollow that holds the bubbling well-spring
    Tell it to forget t...
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British poet. Love in the Valley (l. 37-40). . . The Poems of George Meredith. Vol. 1. Phyllis B. Bartlett (1978) Yal...
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