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New Grub Street

New Grub Street by George Gissing

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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By George Gissing


Part One Chapter I. A Man of his Day Chapter II. The House of Yule Chapter III. Holiday Chapter IV. An Author and his Wife Chapter V. The Way Hither Chapter VI. The Practical Friend Chapter VII. Marian's Home

Part Two Chapter VIII. To the Winning Side Chapter IX. Invita Minerva Chapter X. The Friends of the Family Chapter XI. Respite Chapter XII. Work Without Hope Chapter XIII. A Warning Chapter XIV. Recruits Chapter XV. The Last Resource

Part Three Chapter XVI. Rejection Chapter XVII. The Parting Chapter XVIII. The Old Home Chapter XIX. The Past Revived Chapter XX. The End of Waiting Chapter XXI. Mr Yule leaves Town Chapter XXII. The Legatees

Part Four Chapter XXIII. A Proposed Investment Chapter XXIV. Jasper's Magnanimity Chapter XXV. A Fruitless Meeting Chapter XXVI. Married Woman's Property Chapter XXVII. The Lonely Man Chapter XXVIII. Interim Chapter XXIX... Continue reading book >>

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