George Gissing

George Gissing : A Life

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George Orwell hailed George Gissing as 'perhaps the best novelist England has produced'. Gissing became poor by bad luck and bad judgement; he came to believe that political solutions were unlikely to abolish human misery, and declared that the great subject of his novels was the situation of educated people with 'not enough money'. Gissing was a neurotic writer, and everything in his later life was determined by the twin disasters of his imprisonment and his marriage to Nell Harrison. Gissing the novelist gives us better than anyone the flavour of London in the 1880s and 1890s: a compound of wet streets, fog, coal-smoke, narrow horizons, and an imagination equal to it all. In Paul Delany he has found the perfect biographer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 40mm | 580.6g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8
  • 0753825732
  • 9780753825730
  • 1,234,451

About Paul Delany

Paul Delany was born in South London. In 2003 he retired as Chair of the Department of English at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver.show more

Review quote

This biography does an excellent job of rehabilitating his reputation, showing how he overcame a disastrous marriage to a prostitute and imprisonment for theft to produce some of the Victorian era's most socially aware novels. DAILY TELEGRAPH A compelling biograohy -- a powerful account of one of the most melancholy lives in literature HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER An excellent account of a man of great talent and essential generosity CAMDEN NEW JOURNALshow more

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