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German Elements in the Fiction of George Eliot, Gissing, and Meredith


Gisela Argyle

George Eliot, Gissing and Meredith are the nineteenth-century British novelists who, in their fiction, made the most significant and substantial use of German material. The function of this material is twofold, relating both to the life presented and to the presentation. An elucidation of the German references adds not only to a fuller understandig of the individual novels, but also of the author's theory and practice of fiction, and of one of the experimental tendencies in the «wide» tradition of the English novel.