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Rossetti insistently exhorted by George Meredith to come forth into the glorious sun and wind for a walk to Hendon and beyond. by Max Beerbohm. Plate 13, Rossetti and His Circle, 1922.

Meredith, as Jacqueline Banerjee points out, "was as passionate about nature as any of those more exclusively categorised as 'Country Writers.' Throughout his adult life, until stopped by paralysis in old age, one of his great joys was to tramp for miles along the ancient roads of his adopted home county of Surrey. But his observations went not into letters (like Gilbert White's), reports (like Cobbett's) or essays (like Richard Jefferies). Instead, they went into his novels and poetry. Thus, among the many contradictions and surprises in his work are the quintessentially English settings so often chosen by this most flamboyant and eccentric of writers — complete with the fir knolls, juniper slopes, gravel cuttings and weirs with which he was most familiar. ["George Meredith's Surrey Settings"]

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Beerbohm, Max. Rossetti and His Circle. London: William Heinemann, 1922.

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