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New Grub Street (Modern Library Classics)by George Gissing
"Very few novels paint so unsparing yet subtle a picture of the selfishness of most human motivation; and though this intricate, perfectly plotted story is unrelievedly grim...it's also — unbelievably — ceaselessly absorbing, ironic, and often extremely (if truly darkly) funny. It's the greatest novel in English about failure." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
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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.
"The most impressive of Gissing's books...England has produced very few better novelists." George Orwell
Hailed as Gissing's finest novel, New Grub Street portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. Set from the 1891 first edition, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned endnotes and a reading group guide.
About the Author
Francine Proses most recent book is The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired. A contributing editor at Harpers, she is the author of ten books of fiction, including Blue Angel, a 2000 National Book Award finalist.
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