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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The Egoist

The classic conception of comedy, which began with Aristotle in…. Spy of the First Person. 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. Lang rated it really meeedith it.

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Forster discussed the book in his lecture series Aspects of the Novelusing it as an example of a “highly organized” plot. Sep 11, Ci rated it liked it. Views Read Edit View history. He has his merediht of doing things, and people need to conform to those ways. He would bend the will of others, as well as distort his own vision in order to the protect his view of Self. He has his opinions, and people should hold the same ones. In other respects it was not truly a Victorian novel: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


First edition title page. You might well hate it.

The Egoist: A Comedy in Narrative by George Meredith

He imagines us capable of disinterested curiosity in the behaviour of our kind. Her opinions are interesting during mereeith courtship phase, but once he slips the ring on her eyoist, he knows he can wear her down into the model wife he pictures in his mind.

Return to Book Page. The core problem is, women sublimate their passion for their own animus into the adoration worship of real men. The novel sticks pretty closely to the Aristotelian unities: After all, he is Sir Willoughby.

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This is an aspect of the novel that surprised me. More materially, Forster compliments Meredith tbe not revealing Laetitia Dale’s changed feelings for Willoughby until she rejects him in their midnight meeting; “[i]t would have spoiled his high comedy if we had been kept in touch throughout We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

His wife left him and their five-year old son in ; she died three years later.

Quotes from The Egoist. She is really the perfect candidate as a wife, but Willoughby mereeith has her devotion. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But I think the overpowering, annoying dialogue is used partly as a narrative device to illustrate the claustrophobic social atmosphere of the estate where the action takes place.

There is good reason why that suggestion was made. It was impressive how wonderfully the female characters were treated, how they w Last night I finished reading The Egoist by George Meredith.

Meredith takes a scalpel to the thoughts and motives of all concerned so effectively that we can feel compassion for Sir Willoughby even as he plots revenge on his bride-to-be. Ways to Hide in Winter. The man was utterly unconscious of giving vent to the grossest selfishness. Acknowledgements Introduction George Meredith: Interesting if you love Victorian romance or have a deep interest in the history of psychology in the late 19th century.


Only the last few chapters are high drama, and like other Meredith pieces, it ends unexpectedly and, given Willoughby’s attraction to other Beautiful People, improbably.

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Mererith was advised not to read the prelude of the book. Virginia Woolf said of The Egoist: Sir Willoughby, on the other hand, is a caricature of pathetic male egoism and laughable sentimentalities, really an unforgettably abject character. Echoes of these choruses occasionally appear, just a sentence or two, as commentary on the action, and they are at these times tolerable, though still no less abstruse and barely comic. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

In he was articled to a solicitor but turned instead to… More about George Meredith. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I had read this novel in my college days, as part of a tutorial on comedy.

I This is a fantastic story about Willoughby, a man who is so self-centered he rhe considers the possibility that other people are separate human beings.