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The Egoist
London - C. Kegan Paul and Co, 1879 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition of this comic novel by George Meredith. First edition, first impression. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novel follows Clara's attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him. Thus, The Egoist dramatizes the difficulty contingent upon being a woman in Victorian society, when women's bodies and minds are trafficked between fathers and husbands to cement male bonds. In an afterword by Angus Wilson, The Egoist was called the turning point in George Meredith's career. Wilson is most taken by the absolute truth of much of the dialogue, such as how the way Sir Willoughby continues to speak through the answers of other characters, returning to notice their replies only when his own vein of thought is exhausted is a wonderful observation of human speech (Wilson 508). With publisher's adverts to the rear of volumes I and II. Complete in three volumes. Condition: Rebacked in green cloth bindings. Externally sound, though with some marks and rubbing. Some bumping, and sunning to the spines also. Backstrip of volume II lifting. Internally, firmly bound. Pages have some light marginal browning and scattered light spotting. Overall: GOOD ONLY..
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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