Celt and Saxon - Complete by George Meredith

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Excerpt: ...the heaviest weight of the Irish light brigade. Gallant deeds! and now Mr. Marbury Dyke opens on Forbery's flank to support Mattock hardpressed, and this artillery of English Rockney resounds, with a similar object: the ladies to look on and award the crown of victory, Saxon though they be, excepting Rockney's wife, a sure deserter to the camp of the brave, should fortune frown on them, for a punishment to Rockney for his carrying off to himself a flower of the Green Island and holding inveterate against her native land in his black ingratitude. Oh! but eloquence upon a good cause will win you the hearts of all women, Saxon or other, never doubt of it. And Jane Mattock there, imbibing forced doses of Arthur Adister, will find her patriotism dissolving in the natural human current; and she and Philip have a pretty wrangle, and like one another none the worse for not agreeing: patriotically speaking, she's really unrooted by that half-thawed colonel, a creature snow-bound up to his chin; and already she's leaping to be transplanted. Jane is one of the first to give her vote for the Irish party, in spite of her love for her brother John: in common justice, she says, and because she hopes for complete union between the two islands. And thereupon we debate upon union. On the whole, yes: union, on the understanding that we have justice, before you think of setting to work to sow the land with affection:
 

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An intellectual novelist, George Meredith was leisurely, epigrammatic, and involved at a time when the public admired the swift narrative flow of Dickens and Thackeray. His novels were designed to penetrate the hidden motivations of character. He boasted that he never wrote a word to please the public and counted as the greatest compliment ever paid to him the statement that he had brought about a change in public taste. Meredith's reputation grew slowly. His first important novel, "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" (1859), a fine study of the emotional growth of a young man, is his most epigrammatic work and had little popular success. "The Egoist" (1879), a comedy in narrative, regarded by most critics as his masterpiece, was the first to receive popular attention. "Diana of the Crossways" (1885), his most popular book, gave to fiction a new and particularly well-drawn heroine, the woman of fine brain and strong body. His "The Essay on Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit" (1897) has been described as the key to his novels. But Meredith, like Thomas Hardy, thought more of his poems than of his novels and preferred to be remembered as a poet. In notes for "The Selected Poetical Works of George Meredith" (1955), G. M. Trevelyan writes: "His poems are more especially concerned with his philosophy, and the novels with his application of it to ethical problems." Meredith's philosophy was one of optimism, but it was "the optimism of temperament and not of creed." George Meredith received the Order of Merit in 1905. He died in 1909.
 
Published May 17, 2012 by Hard Press. 150 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Westerns. Non-fiction

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