The Egoist (Paperback)
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The Egoist (Paperback)

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Paperback 630 Pages / Published: 30/07/2010
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George Meredith's comic masterpiece describes the repeated and disastrous courtships of Sir Willoughby, the egoist of the title. George Meredith writes in the Prelude to this novel, '""Comedy"" is a game played to throw reflections upon social life,' and through Sir Willoughby Patterne's relationships with three women, the novel shows the absurdity of Victorian class and gender expectations. Each woman becomes 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. In the Darwinian metaphors of the novel, the women are able to adapt to the process of mate selection, while Sir Willoughby fails to evolve. The introduction to this edition provides context for the novel from Meredith's own life, his theory of comedy, and his understanding of Darwinian thought. The appendices include reviews, other writings on comedy, and historical documents on women and wives and on the theory of evolution.

Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781551116716
Number of pages: 630
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


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"Richard C. Stevenson is our finest critic of George Meredith. His superb edition of The Egoist makes Meredith's most poised and brilliant achievement fully accessible to contemporary readers. Illuminating the novel's contexts in the theory of comedy, the 'woman question,' and Darwinian biology, as well as in its author's life and career, Stevenson restores the radical force of Meredith's intervention in mid-Victorian sexual politics." - Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley


"This is a fine edition of The Egoist. The treatment accorded this often-neglected novel by Richard C. Stevenson is predictably first rate, considering his earlier work on George Meredith. Following Meredith's revised text is a plus here, offering, as it does, the author's final intent. Stevenson's apparatus also furnishes a useful guide to works relevant not just to The Egoist but to Meredith's aims and techniques overall. Seldom have I encountered such a project, in which everything is in its proper place. This will be the indispensable edition of The Egoist for years to come." - Benjamin Franklin Fisher, University of Mississippi


"Richard C. Stevenson is our finest critic of George Meredith. His superb edition of The Egoist makes Meredith's most poised and brilliant achievement fully accessible to contemporary readers. Illuminating the novel's contexts in the theory of comedy, the 'woman question, ' and Darwinian biology, as well as in its author's life and career, Stevenson restores the radical force of Meredith's intervention in mid-Victorian sexual politics." -- Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley


"This is a fine edition of The Egoist. The treatment accorded this often-neglected novel by Richard C. Stevenson is predictably first rate, considering his earlier work on George Meredith. Following Meredith's revised text is a plus here, offering, as it does, the author's final intent. Stevenson's apparatus also furnishes a useful guide to works relevant not just to The Egoist but to Meredith's aims and techniques overall. Seldom have I encountered such a project, in which everything is in its proper place. This will be the indispensable edition of The Egoist for years to come." -- Benjamin Franklin Fisher, University of Mississippi


"Richard C. Stevenson is our finest critic of George Meredith. His superb edition of The Egoist makes Meredith's most poised and brilliant achievement fully accessible to contemporary readers. Illuminating the novel's contexts in the theory of comedy, the 'woman question, ' and Darwinian biology, as well as in its author's life and career, Stevenson restores the radical force of Meredith's intervention in mid-Victorian sexual politics." -- Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley


"This is a fine edition of The Egoist. The treatment accorded this often-neglected novel by Richard C. Stevenson is predictably first rate, considering his earlier work on George Meredith. Following Meredith's revised text is a plus here, offering, as it does, the author's final intent. Stevenson's apparatus also furnishes a useful guide to works relevant not just to The Egoist but to Meredith's aims and techniques overall. Seldom have I encountered such a project, in which everything is in its proper place. This will be the indispensable edition of The Egoist for years to come." -- Benjamin Franklin Fisher, University of Mississippi

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