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Book Title: Diana of the Crossways|
The author of the book: George Meredith
ISBN 13: 9780814328941
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.7
Edition: Wayne State University Press
Date of issue: December 1st 2000
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It was very difficult for me to actually persist and finish this book. Meredith's language is convoluted and muddled; often I would have to re-read sentences in order to get an understanding of what was being said. And no one, absolutely no one of any era, speaks in the manner in which the characters in this book do!
The story is of a young woman, Diana, who has married a man with whom she doesn't get along, and has left him. She's divorced him, which apparently has destroyed his life. As time goes on, Diana becomes involved with several men, but is unable to maintain a relationship with most of them. I can see why: Diana is flirtatious and moody, changes her mind frequently, and in general makes life difficult for these men. Without saying more I will tell you that she does end up with someone, and by the time that happens the reader has been prepped well and expects this outcome.
The most important relationship in Diana's life is not with the men, but rather with her best friend, Lady Emma Dunstane. Emma stands by Diana through all the scandals that result from Diana's behavior, and takes care of her when Diana gets herself in trouble. Emma is like the "angel of the house", the stereotypical Victorian good woman; although there seems to be a slight undertone of lesbianism here, nothing comes of it and Emma is as delighted as anyone when Diana at last settles down.
I'm fairly certainly that I will attempt to read another novel by Meredith in the hopes that the next one might prove why Meredith's reputation is so good. In one of her "Common Reader" essays, Virginia Woolf expresses her mixed feelings regarding Meredith's style and novels. I'll re-read this essay and shall choose the next Meredith novel I'll attempt from Woolf's recommendations.
If you are a serious Victorian literature lover, go ahead and read this novel. You may enjoy it much more than I.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Meredith was an English novelist and poet during the Victorian era. He read law and was articled as a solicitor, but abandoned that profession for journalism and poetry shortly after marrying Mary Ellen Nicolls, a widowed daughter of Thomas Love Peacock, in 1849. He was twenty-one years old; she was thirty.
He collected his early writings, first published in periodicals, into Poems, which was published to some acclaim in 1851. His wife left him and their five-year old son in 1858; she died three years later. Her departure was the inspiration for The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859), his first "major novel." It was considered a breakthrough novel, but its sexual frankness caused a scandal and prevented it from being widely read.
As an advisor to publishers, Meredith is credited with helping Thomas Hardy start his literary career, and was an early associate of J. M. Barrie. Before his death, Meredith was honored from many quarters: he succeeded Lord Tennyson as president of the Society of Authors; in 1905 he was appointed to the Order of Merit by King Edward VII.
His works include: The Shaving of Shagpat (1856), Farina (1857), Vittoria (1867) and The Egoist (1879). The Egoist is one of his most enduring works.
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