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Extra resources for George Meredith: The Critical Heritage (The Collected Critical Heritage : Later 19th Century Novelists) (Volume 21)
The Owen Meredith referred to was the pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton (1831–91), poet and dramatist, the son of Edward Bulwer Lytton, novelist and politician. To mistake George for the betterknown Owen was common, and this is the first of several warnings from the reviewers to readers. Bulwer Lytton. It is an Eastern tale, told in imitation of the Eastern style, and therefore, like all such imitations, a mistake. It is a good story spoilt by the adoption of a bad medium for telling it.
36 After Evan Harrington came The Egoist (1879) and The Tragic Comedians (1881). Then in 1885 came two editions of Diana of the Crossways from two different publishers and the beginning of the first collected edition. Fullerton, it was only then that the American public began to awaken to Meredith at all. In a note appended to Le Gallienne’s George Meredith (1890) he wrote: I remember so well when the name of Meredith first became in America a name to conjure with and most clearly of all I remember the surprised awakening for some of us when we realised for how long this man had been writing, and that we had known nothing of him….
It is admirably constructed and thoroughly poetic in its outline and texture…. 42 8. Lewes, Saturday Review i, 19 January 1856 Lewes, as Editor of Leader, must have known Meredith when he wrote this article. Their acquaintance was a lasting one. Meredith consulted Lewes about Evan Harrington and published Vittoria in the Fortnightly Review under his editorship. Little did we imagine that a work of genius was announced under the incomprehensible title which has, for many weeks past, met our eye among the advertisements of new books.