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Egoism and self-discovery in the Victorian novel studies in the ordeal of knowledge in the nineteenth century. by John Halperin

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Published by B. Franklin in New York .
Written in English


  • English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism,
  • Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism,
  • Self-knowledge in literature,
  • Egoism in literature

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [277]-291.

StatementIntrod. by Walter Allen.
SeriesStudies in literature and criticism,, 1
LC ClassificationsPR871 .H3 1974
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 293 p.
Number of Pages293
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5425123M
ISBN 100833754858
LC Control Number73019510

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  This is a marvelous and highly witty example of the Victorian society novel at its best. THE EGOIST has much in common with Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Meredith offers extraordinary psychological insights -- especially about the nature of vanity and how unintentionally hilarious (and destructive) people can be when they are indulging in by: 8. Egoism and Self-Discovery in the Victorian Novel: Studies in the Ordeal of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century. by John Halperin (pp. ) Review by: Peter K. Garrett. The Egoist is one of the strangest novels I have come across, a psychological analysis of a type particularly interesting because men like him often rise to positions of power in politics or commerce. The novel would have been tedious, as well as confusing, if George Meredith had used the egoist as first person narrative. Instead, Meredith takes an oblique approach by viewing the egoist /5. John Halperin, Egoism and Self-Discovery in the Victorian Novel () Barbara Hardy, Forms of Feeling in Victorian Fiction () Barbara Harman and Susan Meyer (ed.), The New Nineteenth Century: Feminist Readings of Underread Victorian Fiction ().

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 popular works and concerns the egoism of Sir Willoughby Patterne, an inane and conceited man who wants to marry someone worthy of him. Constantia Durham, his selected fiancée, humiliates him by eloping with an officer of the hussars. 1. The Aim of This Essay Ethical Egoism, the doctrine that, roughly speaking, one should promote one's own good, has been a live issue since the very beginnings of moral philosophy. Historically, it is the most widely held normative theory, and, next to Utilitarianism, it is the most intensely debated one. What is at stake in this debate is a fundamental question of ethics: 'Is there any 5/5(1). The realistic Victorian novels became popular because it was the first time characters in a novel were similar and connected to the people of the middle class. Newspapers, Press, and Publishing: One very important source of information on the realistic novel’s popularity are the . Much as it pains me to say this, the Sherlock Holmes omnibus edition should be taken off this list. Of the Holmes canon, 4 1/2 books (i.e., over 50%) were published after Queen Victioria's death: The Return of Sherlock Holmes The Valley of Fear His Last Bow The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the final installments of.

Egoism and Self-Discovery in the Victorian Novel: Studies in the Ordeal of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century by John Halperin; The Historical Novel and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England by Nicholas Rance; The Realist Novel in England: A Study in . The social novel, also known as the social problem (or social protest) novel, is a "work of fiction in which a prevailing social problem, such as gender, race, or class prejudice, is dramatized through its effect on the characters of a novel". More specific examples of social problems that are addressed in such works include poverty, conditions in factories and mines, the plight of child labor. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our. The novel tells the "tragicomical" story of Sir Willoughby Pattene's single-minded pursuit of a marriageable woman. Sympathy, however, lies with Clara Middleton, one of Pattene's choices, and how this Victorian woman use her strength of will to break off an unwelcome engagement.