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New Grub Street (1891), George Gissing's most highly regarded novel, is the story of men and women forced to make their living by writing. Their daily lives and broken dreams, made and marred by the rigors of urban life and the demands of the fledgling mass communications industry, are

presented with vivid realism and unsentimental sympathy. Its telling juxtaposition of the writing careers of the clever and malicious Jaspar Milvain and the honest and struggling Edward Reardon quickly made New Grub Street into a classic work of late Victorian fiction.

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The characters speak in complete sentences without contractions. They are eccentric, self-absorbed, and they speak of Art (capitalized) and Beauty (capitalized) while they regard lives that are largely without the money or emotional balance needed to own either. Even so, Gissing's classic is compelling, often spell-binding. Editor Arata (English, U. of Virginia) places these characters and their bitterness, frustration and futility squarely within their own creative and social contexts, and gives readers a solid background in Gissing's experiences which led to this premier analysis of the toll of a creative life. He also makes important points about the precarious status of publishing Gissing encountered in the nineteenth century, parallels with current times, and the declining interest in literature Gissing sensed--a decline that has become full-blown. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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