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George Gissing

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GEORGE ROBERT GISSING was born on November 22, 1857 in Yorkshire. His father, a chemist, died when Gissing was twelve, leaving his family in relative poverty. However, Gissing won a scholarship to Owens College, Manchester and was destined for university, until he was caught stealing and sentenced to a month's hard labour. He was stealing in order to support Nell Harrison, a prostitute with whom he had fallen in love, and whom he married on his return from imprisonment and a short sojourn in America in 1877. He worked as a private tutor while writing his first novel, Workers in the... Read More

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New Grub Street

Written by George Gissing
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00

Hailed as Gissing’s finest novel, New Grub Street portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards commercial savvy over artistic achievement, authors and scholars struggle to earn a living without compromising their standards. “Even as the novel chills us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

New Grub Street

Written by George Gissing
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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