George Meredith OM

Died aged c. 81

George Meredith OM (12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909) was an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era. At first his focus was poetry, influenced by John Keats among others, but he gradually established a reputation as a novelist. The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859) briefly scandalized Victorian literary circles. Of his later novels, the most enduring is The Egoist (1879), though in his lifetime his greatest success was Diana of the Crossways (1885). His novels were innovative in their attention to characters' psychology, and also took a close interest in social change. His style, in both poetry and prose, was noted for its syntactic complexity; Oscar Wilde likened it to "chaos illumined by brilliant flashes of lightning". He was an encourager of other novelists, as well as an influence on them; among those to benefit were Robert Louis Stevenson and George Gissing. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Site of former Kingston Lodge home of novelist George Meredith from 1865 to 1868

Buick House, London Road, Norbiton, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1865-1868)

George Meredith OM 1828-1909 poet and novelist lived here

7 Hobury Street, SW10, London, United Kingdom where they lived