George Meredith is an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era, whose novels are noted for their wit, brilliant dialogue, and aphoristic quality of language. Before his death, Meredith was honoured from many quarters: he succeeded Lord Tennyson as president of the Society of Authors and was appointed to the Order of Merit by King Edward VII. Meredith’s novels were also reflect his psychological studies of character and highly subjective view of life that, far ahead of his time, regarded women as truly the equals of men. His best known works are The Ordeal of Richard Feverel and The Egoist.
The novel “Vittoria" is imbued with sympathy for the patriots of the Risorgimento movement (Italian national liberation movement). "Vittoria" is a continuation of the novel "Sandra Belloni”. It is written in exalted romantic tone and devoted to the fate of the Italian singer, who grew up in England. From the very beginning of the story reader faces the atmosphere of "dramatic romance" and woman's emancipation movement during the fight for the freedom of the homeland.