George Meredith


Birthday February 12, 1828

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE May 18, 1909 (81)

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A Victorian novelist and poet, he is best known for his 1862 poetry collection, Modern Love. His novels include Diana of the Crossways and The Shaving of Shagpat.

Before Fame

He studied law before deciding to pursue poetic and journalistic careers. He published his first literary work, Poems, in 1851.


He was the artist's model for The Death of Chatterton, a painting by Henry Wallis. Incidentally, Wallis had an affair with Meredith's first wife.

Family Life

He married Mary Ellen Nicolls in 1849. He wed his second wife, Marie Vulliamy, in 1864.

Associated With

He was a favorite novelist of the famous author and playwright Oscar Wilde.