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New Grub Street

New Grub Street by George Gissing

New Grub Street by George Gissing is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the struggles and sacrifices faced by aspiring writers in Victorian-era London. The story follows a cast of characters who are all connected by their shared ambition to make a living through their writing.

The novel artfully explores the challenges of trying to succeed in a competitive and commercialized literary marketplace. Gissing expertly portrays the desperation, jealousy, and conflicts that arise as writers navigate the pressures of producing work that will sell and garner critical acclaim.

The characters in New Grub Street are complex and multifaceted, each grappling with their own personal and professional woes. From Edwin Reardon's battle with writer's block to his wife Amy's struggle to support their family, the novel offers a poignant and honest portrayal of the sacrifices made in pursuit of artistic success.

Overall, New Grub Street is a captivating and insightful read that sheds light on the harsh realities of the literary world. Gissing's sharp wit, keen observations, and engaging storytelling make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in the challenges faced by writers in the pursuit of their craft.

Book Description:

The story deals with the literary world that Gissing himself had experienced. Its title refers to the London street, Grub Street, which in the 18th century became synomynous with hack literature; as an institution, Grub Street itself no longer existed in Gissing’s time. Its two central characters are a sharply contrasted pair of writers:
Edwin Reardon, a novelist of some talent but limited commercial prospects, and a shy, cerebral man; and Jasper Milvain, a young journalist, hard-working and capable of generosity, but cynical and unscrupulous about writing and its purpose in the modern (i.e. late Victorian) world.

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