New Grub Street

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OUP Oxford, Nov 5, 1998 - Fiction - 576 pages
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New Grub Street (1891), generally regarded as Gissing's finest novel, is the story of the daily lives and broken dreams of men and women forced to earn a living by the pen. With vivid realism it tells of a group of novelists, journalists, and scholars caught in the literary and cultural crisis that hit Britain in the closing years of the nineteenth century, as universal education, popular journalism, and mass communication began to leave their mark on the life of intellectuals. Projecting a strong sense of the London in which his characters struggle, Gissing also illuminates `the valley of the shadow of books', where the spirit of alienation that created modernism was already stirring. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

This very long classic is an interesting look at the lives of struggling writers during the Victorian era. What I found fascinating, is that the writers fell into 3 categories: successful 'literary ... Read full review

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User Review  - patrickgarson - LibraryThing

This tale of literary paupers deals with poverty in an atypically clear-eyed way, but Gissing does have some weaknesses playing against this strength. Pity those educated without means; forbidden from ... Read full review

Contents

A Man of his
The House of Yule
Holiday
An Author and his Wife
The Way Hither
The Practical Friend
Marians Home
To the Winning Side
Respite
his profession
Work Without Hope
A Warning
Recruits
The Last Resource XVI Rejection
The Parting
The Old Home

Invita Minerva
The Friends of the Family
The Past Revived
Copyright

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