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New Grub Street
by George Gissing
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?The most impressive of Gissing?s books . . . England has produced very few better novelists.? ?George Orwell
A semi-autobiographical novel about a group of novelists and journalists striving to earn a living while dealing with poverty, stress and marital problems. This is considered to be Gissings finest book. Eleven 90-minute cassettes.
And as to living up at the very top, why, there were distinct advantages--as so many people of moderate income are nowadays hastening to discover. The noise from the street was diminished at this height; no possible tramplers could establish themselves above your head; the air was bound to be purer than that of inferior strata; finally, one had the flat roof whereon to sit or expatiate in sunny weather.
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Realistic novel by George Gissing, published in three volumes in 1891. It portrays the intrigues and the crippling effects of poverty in the literary world. New Grub Street contrasts the career of Edwin Reardon, a gifted but impoverished author of proven literary merit, with that of Jasper Milvain, a materially successful reviewer and literary hack. The book suggests that self-advertising affords a writer a more certain route to success than does talent.
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From the Inside Flap
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 with its still-recognizable portrayal of the crass and vulgar world of literary endeavor," writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, "its very existence provides eloquent, encouraging proof of the fact that a powerful, honest writer can transcend the constraints of commerce."
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1891 first edition.
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