George 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 ...more