• Richard Cronin


This chapter deals with parenthood, with Meredith’s relationship with his own father, and with his two children by his second wife, but it focuses on his relationship with Arthur, his son by the first Mrs Meredith. Meredith removed Arthur from his wife’s care before the birth of her son by Henry Wallis, and did not allow him to see her again until she was on her deathbed. In the years before his second marriage Arthur was, according to Meredith, his only joy on earth, but quite soon after he remarried he became estranged from his son, and Arthur died before the relationship was repaired. The sad trajectory of his relationship with his son repeated the trajectory of Meredith’s relationship with his own father.

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  • Richard Cronin
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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