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The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (Penguin Classics) (original 1859; edition 1999)

by George Meredith

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Title:The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (Penguin Classics)
Authors:George Meredith
Info:Penguin Classics (1999), Paperback, 560 pages
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Certainly one of the most important and artistically adventurous British novels of the 19th Century. ( )
  PatrickMurtha | Feb 15, 2016 |
I began reading this book on July 12, 1950 and on that date said: ""The outstading example of the Victorian novelist. I can't see how I can like him, but everybody should read at least one of his novels and from what I can learn this is the best one to read. Point Counter Point is the best work I have read so far this year. It is in no danger of being displaced by what I am reading now.". On July 18 I said: "Reading slowly in Ordeal. It's so silly.." On July 28 I said: "Haven't read in Richard Feveral for a long time." I finished the book on July 30 but made no further mention of it in my diary. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 6, 2011 |
"What a great book it is, how wise and how witty! Others of the master's novels may be more characteristic or more profound, but for my own part it is the one which I would always present to the new-comer who had not yet come under the influence. I think that I should put it third after "Vanity Fair" and "The Cloister and the Hearth" if I had to name the three novels which I admire most in the Victorian era." --Through the Magic Door, pg. 158-159.
  ACDoyleLibrary | Jan 22, 2010 |
One of the great novels, and one of the greatest of the under-rated classics. Quite funny, with quirky prose and a great deal of imagination behind the novel's construction. The author's first "realistic" novel, a comedy of manners and education. ( )
  wirkman | Feb 21, 2007 |
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"Of all nineteenth-century English novels, " claims Edward Mendelson in his Introduction to this edition, "The Ordeal of Richard Feverel is the most self-consciously literary in its style and structure and the most sexually explicit in its plot and theme." First published in 1859, Meredith's first and most controversial novel concerns Sir Austin Feverel's misconceived attempts to educate his son Richard according to a system of his own devising -- a system based on theories of sexual restraint. Exploring generational and gender conflicts, the psychology of sexual jealousy and repression, and myths of Eden and Utopia, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel shocked Victorian readers but gained for itself a cult following. "Now that it has been freed from its reputation, " writes Mendelson, "readers can discover again the tragic and ironic force, and the psychological and formal complexity that make The Ordeal of Richard Feverel one of the most profound, subtle, and moving works of English fiction."

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For its time, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859) had a sexual frankness about adultery, illegitimacy, and seduction that had a disastrous effect on Meredith's reputation as a novelist for many years. Meredith defied Victorian convention and expectations in his three-part story of Richard Feverel's childhood, adolescence, and manhood. Abandoned by his mother, who leaves to be with her lover, Richard's father must raise the boy himself and does so according to his own strict "System," based on Science and Reason. Richard eventually rebels and marries a woman whose social class his father disapproves of. Final reconciliation comes at a high price for both father and son.… (more)

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