The Adventures of Harry Richmond: the Crowning Experience
This is Meredith’s second exploration of the history of father and son, and Meredith calls it (significantly) the ‘Adventures of Father and Son’. It is by no means the same history whose centre he personally was when it actually happened. Harry Richmond is comparatively remote in its time and place, and this obviously helped Meredith to gain control over this history. In this attempt Meredith not only managed to carry with him the personal intensity of the subject which he seems to have cherished over the years but also succeeded in objectifying its power.
KeywordsGreat Expectation Character Revelation Happy Ending Main Story Spirited Adventure
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