The Tale of Chloe

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The Tale of Chloe:
An Episode in the History of Beau Beamish
Author George Meredith
Language English
Pages 144
OCLC 2349325
LC Class PZ3.M54 T PR5006.T3

The Tale of Chloe, subtitled An Episode in the History of Beau Beamish, is a novel by English novelist George Meredith, first published in 1879, and as a novel in 1890.


Chloe's character was based on Miss Fanny Braddock, the sister of General Braddock, a soldier and commander in the French and Indian War.[1] Her character follows the convention of Meredith's heroines, women whose rash decisions make 'personal disaster', that requires the strength of heart each one owns to carry them through.[1]

Mr Camwell is a devotee of Chloe's.


Duchess Susan

Mr Beamish


Consistent with Meredith's other work of this period, The Tale of Chloe supports the rights and respect of women. Ives claims that The Tale of Chloe, The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper and The House on the Beach 'occupy both a chronological and thematic transition period between the early and late novels, during which [Meredith's] feminism intensified.'[2]


The novel was first published in the New Quarterly Magazine in July 1879, after which it was published 10 more times in Meredith's lifetime.[3] It is categorised together with The House on the Beach and The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper, all being short novels of the late 1870s. Its date of composition is debated; Beer places it in 1868-9.[4]

A main source for the novel is Oliver Goldsmith's The Life of Richard Nash, first highlighted by an anonymous writer in the Saturday Westminster Gazette.[1] Meredith claimed that, although he had read the Goldsmith in his youth, any influence on Chloe was 'unconscious', perhaps because of previous accusations that he had not acknowledged sources adequately.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Ketcham, Carl H. (December 1066). "Meredith at Work: "The Tale of Chloe"". Nineteenth-Century Literature. 21 (3): 235–247. doi:10.2307/2932587. JSTOR 2932587. 
  2. ^ TW and JB (September 1998). "Books Briefly Noted". Nineteenth-Century Literature. 53 (2): 272. doi:10.1525/ncl.1999.53.4.01p0056j. JSTOR 2902991. 
  3. ^ Gants, David (2002). "Review: George Meredith's Essay on Comedy and Other New Quarterly Magazine Publications". Text. 14: 361–366. JSTOR 30228009. 
  4. ^ Beer, Gillian (July 1966). "Meredith's Contributions to "The Pall Mall Gazette"". The Modern Language Review. 61 (3): 395–400. doi:10.2307/3721481. JSTOR 3721481.