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New Grub Street by George Gissing


George Gissing’s New Grub Street was written at breakneck speed in the autumn of 1890 and is considered his best novel. Intensely autobiographical, it reflects the literary and cultural crisis in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century.

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“New Grub Street,” is a captivating narrative that delves deep into the tumultuous world of aspiring writers, their dreams, and the harsh realities they face. Set against the backdrop of late 19th-century London, this novel paints a vivid portrait of the struggles and aspirations of those who seek to make their mark in the literary world.

At its heart lies the story of Edwin Reardon, a talented yet struggling author whose quest for literary success is thwarted by the relentless pressures of poverty and commercialism. As he navigates the treacherous waters of the publishing industry, Reardon grapples with questions of artistic integrity, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.

Interwoven with Reardon’s narrative are the stories of his fellow writers, each grappling with their own demons and desires. From the ambitious Jasper Milvain, who sees literature as a means to social advancement, to the idealistic Marian Yule, who dreams of creating meaningful art in a world consumed by commercialism, the novel offers a rich tapestry of characters and perspectives.

Through its incisive portrayal of the literary marketplace and the lives of those who inhabit it, “New Grub Street” offers a compelling commentary on the nature of art, commerce, and ambition. Its pages brim with wit, insight, and empathy, inviting readers to ponder timeless questions about the pursuit of success and the price of artistic integrity.

As readers journey through the labyrinthine streets of London’s literary world, they are confronted with the harsh realities of poverty, ambition, and human frailty. Yet amidst the struggles and setbacks, there are moments of beauty and grace, illuminating the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of literature to inspire, uplift, and transform.

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New Grub Street


Oxford University Press


George Gissing

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ISBN/EAN        9780198729181