The Egoist

The Egoist

George Meredith

The Egoist (1879) by way of George Meredith is a cosmopolitan, brilliantly written dissection of a self-absorbed younger guy of society and the very diverse ladies who fall inside his sphere.

during this comedy with critical overtones, Sir Willoughby -- a hugely eligible bachelor, and the Egoist in query -- courts, proposes and loses brides again and again, after which wonders at his personal inexplicable problem.

the reply should be encapsulated within the following epitaph:

"Through very love of self himself he slew."

A masterpiece of perception, wit, and style.

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