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George Meredith Collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 953

Description of the Papers

The George Meredith collection contains manuscripts, annotated proofs and printed works, correspondence, and other papers documenting the life and works of George Meredith. Contents include a complete set of the Chapman and Hall edition of Meredith's Works, extensively interleaved with corrections and annotations in the author's hand; the autograph manuscript of The adventures of Harry Richmond (1871); and over 200 letters and transcripts of letters, including 26 to Frederic Chapman, 17 to Theodore Watts-Dunton, and 45 to Augustus Jessopp.


  • 1845 - 1935
  • Majority of material found within 1880 - 1909


Language of Materials

In English.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

The George Meredith Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George Meredith Collection contains items acquired through gift or purchase from various sources, many from Frank Altschul or purchased on the Frank Altschul Fund. Provenance information is contained in notes under individual items.


16 Linear Feet ((42 boxes) + 1 broadside oversize)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains manuscripts, annotated proofs and printed works, correspondence, and other papers documenting the life and works of George Meredith.

George Meredith, 1828-1909

George Meredith (1828-1909), English novelist and poet. His novels include The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859), The Egoist (1879), and Diana of the Crossways (1885). His sonnet sequence depicting the breakdown of an unhappy marriage, Modern Love (1862), was thought to be based on his own unhappy first marriage to Mary Peacock Nicholls (1821-1861).

Processing Notes

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from an initial survey of the contents and compiled from individual card catalogs. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those given by library staff at the time of acquisition. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during basic processing.

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Uncat MS Vault Shelves Meredith; MS Vault Shelves Meredith; Uncat MS Vault Files Meredith; MS Vault 13:4; MS Vault 5:3; Uncat MS Vault 87

Guide to the George Meredith Collection
by Beinecke Staff
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Dacs)
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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