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Title: George Meredith and The Ipswich Journal
Author: Morita, Yukiko
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 0414
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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The main concern of this thesis is to examine the career of George Meredith (1828-1909), the late-Victorian novelist and poet, as leader writer for a provincial weekly newspaper, the Ipswich Journal. Meredith regularly wrote leading articles for the newspaper in the 1860s. -- In Chapter 1, I look at Meredith’s involvement with other periodicals in order to establish the context of the novelist’s career as journalist. Apart from the Ipswich Journal, he wrote for periodicals such as the Morning Post, the Pall Mall Gazette and the Fortnightly Review. I also survey other Victorian novelists’ journalistic careers to compare with Meredith’s. -- In Chapter 2, I closely examine Meredith’s engagement as leader writer for the Ipswich Journal. Although his contributions to this newspaper were anonymous, I attempt to draw a picture of his routine work, which he continued for eight years. -- In Chapter 3, I consider John Morley’s journalistic career. Morley was a close friend of Meredith and the novelist once planned to write a novel called The Journalist in which Morley would figure as a main character. I then discuss Meredith’s journalism and politics. -- In Chapter 4, I examine Meredith’s novel, One of Our Conquerors, in the context of anti-imperialism. The novelist’s experimentalism and prophetic analysis of the malaise of contemporary England established his status as the Sage of Box Hill. -- Meredith’s reputation as a novelist was at its height around the turn of the century, but a few years after his death, it was gone. My contention in this thesis is that his journalistic experience in the 1860s laid the foundation of his political thinking which later gained him his status as a public intellectual. His reputation as a liberal-radical intellectual, however, was doomed to decline with the fall of late Victorian Liberalism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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