Location: Dorking Cemetery, Dorking, Surrey, England
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English novelist and poet of the Victoria era. He was born in Portsmouth, England and was apprenticed to a solicitor, but decided to take up a career in journalism after marrying Mary Nicolls, the daughter of the author Thomas Love Peacock. His first novel The Shaving of Shagpat was a fantasy, published in 1855 it received good reviews although it did not become a popular success. In 1860 Meredith started to work for a publisher where he read submitted manuscripts and advised on whether they should be published. Whilst working in this role he gave advice to a young Thomas Hardy.