George Gissing

George Gissing was an English novelist, known for his realistic and often harsh portrayals of late Victorian society. He wrote 23 novels, including 'New Grub Street' and 'The Odd Women'.


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  1. 1. New Grub Street: A Novel

    "New Grub Street" is a novel set in the literary and journalistic circles of 1880s London. The story revolves around two writers, one who seeks wealth and status and the other who values artistic integrity over material success. It provides a stark and realistic portrayal of the struggles faced by writers, including financial hardship, the pressure to compromise artistic integrity for commercial success, and the destructive effects of these pressures on personal relationships and mental health. The book is a critique of the commercialization of literature and journalism during the period, and a commentary on the conflict between art and commerce.

    The 606th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Odd Women

    This novel explores the lives of several women in late 19th-century England, focusing on the challenges they face due to societal expectations and the limited opportunities available to them. It delves into themes of marriage, independence, and the emerging feminist movement, portraying the struggles of "odd" women—those who are left over when men are subtracted from the population, deemed surplus and facing a life without the prospect of marriage. Through its characters, the book critiques the social and economic pressures that force women into unhappy marriages or condemn them to a life of poverty and loneliness, advocating for women's education and autonomy as essential to their liberation and fulfillment.

    The 3504th Greatest Book of All Time