New Grub Street (Paperback)
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In New Grub Street George Gissing re-created a microcosm of London's literary society as he had experienced it. His novel is at once a major social document and a story that draws us irresistibly into the twilit world of Edwin Reardon, a struggling novelist, and his friends and acquaintances in Grub Street including Jasper Milvain, an ambitious journalist, and Alfred Yule, an embittered critic. Here Gissing brings to life the bitter battles (fought out in obscure garrets or in the Reading Room of the British Museum) between integrity and the dictates of the market place, the miseries of genteel poverty and the damage that failure and hardship do to human personality and relationships.
About the Author
About The Author George Robert Gissing (1857-1903) was born in Yorkshire, England, the eldest of five children. His interest in books began at the age of ten when he read The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. In 1872 Gissing won a scholarship to Owens College, forerunner of the University of Manchester and won many prizes, including the Poem Prize in 1873 and the Shakespeare scholarship in 1875. He later moved to America and wrote for the Chicago Times and other periodicals and worked as a teacher throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers in the Dawn, in 1880. His best known novels, which are published in modern editions, include The Nether World (1889), New Grub Street (1891), and The Odd Women (1893)
Bernard Bergonzi is Emeritus Professor of English at the Warwick. His previous books include Exploding English: Criticism, Theory, Culture, Wartime and Aftermath: English Literature and its Background 1939-1960, and A Victorian Wanderer: The Life of Thomas Arnold the Younger (all OUP).