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'Poems', George Meredith, pub. John W. Parker, West Strand, no date [dedication page dated to May 1851]. Small octavo. 160 pages, errata slip bound in to rear. Blind stamped green cloth in good order, slight darkening and mild touches of wear/softening of cloth to top and bottom of spine. One small, pale 5p sized mark to rear board. Signed by Meredith to title page to 'D B Martinson' [?]. No further inscriptions. Half title present. Meredith collected these poems, written in his late teenage years and published them at his own expense when he was twenty three but later repudiated the book and this juvenile work destroying, it is said almsot 300 copies. In 1849 he married the daughter of Thomas Love Peacock [to whom the book is dedicated]. Seven years later, Meredith posed as the model for the painting 'The Death of Chatterton' by the Pre-Raphaelite Henry Wallis [with whom his wife ran off in 1858]. He chronicled the decline of his marriage in his sonnet cycle 'Modern Love' [1862]. Meredith struggled to achieve popular success throughout his career but in novels such as 'The Ordeal of Richard Feverel' he broke new ground for the form by his concentration on human psychology and an honest attempt to write about sexuality. His novels explore the interiority of men and women and he is alive especially to the position of women in Victorian England. He was influential, too as a publisher's reader championing writers such as Thomas Hardy.
Author George Meredith
Date 1851
Binding Hardback
Publisher John W. Parker
Condition VG
Pages 160

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