An Author To Admire

GissingNot many readers have filled their reading lists with novels by the Victorian writer, George Gissing. Still, it might be a good idea to give Gissing a try. Who knows, maybe it’s time for a Gissing revival!

Wikipedia provides us with a somewhat complete list of Gissing’s novels, most of which are available online but unfortunately are not available in print.

      • Workers in the Dawn (1880)
      • The Unclassed (1884)
      • Isabel Clarendon (1885)
      • Demos (1886)
      • Thyrza (1887)
      • A Life’s Morning (1888)
      • The Nether World (1889)
      • The Emancipated (1890)
      • New Grub Street (1891)
      • Denzil Quarrier (1892)
      • Born In Exile (1892)
      • The Odd Women (1893)
      • In the Year of Jubilee (1894)
      • Eve’s Ransom (1895)
      • The Paying Guest (1895)
      • Sleeping Fires (1895)
      • The Whirlpool (1897)
      • The Town Traveller (1898)
      • Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1898)
      • The Crown Of Life (1899)
      • By the Ionian Sea (1901)
      • Our Friend the Charlatan (1901)
      • The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903)
      • Will Warburton (1905)
      • Veranilda (1903, unfinished)
      • Stories and Sketches (posthumous, 1938) with preface by Alfred C. Gissing

George Gissing and the writer’s life

New Grub Street

I have a good-reading-buddy who has always pressed me to read more Gissing, especially New Grub Street. Well, I have read several of Gissing’s texts and even read New Grub Street but was interrupted and didn’t finish the whole book. I keep promising myself that I will finish but now it has been too long and I will have to start at the beginning again.

Still, I keep putting it off, month after month, year after year, but an article in the new Tin House journal has forced my hand and I intend to add George Gissing’s New Grub Street to my immediate reading list. Here is a part of that article written by Pamela Erens:

Continue reading “George Gissing and the writer’s life”