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The Egoist

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Editor: Richard Stevenson

The Egoist is George Meredith’s comic masterpiece, in which he takes the traditional marriage plot of English domestic fiction and turns it on its head.  This edition by Richard Stevenson includes an introduction  that provides context for the novel from Meredith’s own  life, his theory of comedy, the ‘woman question,’ and Darwinian  biology.  The appendices include comments on The Egoist from Meredith’s letters, contemporary reviews, Victorian tracts on feminine conduct and education along with extracts from J. S. Mill’s The Subjection of Women and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.