But that would be to overlook his unique achievement as one of the most resonant voices of the neglected margins of late Victorian society and, above all, as one of the first great London writers.
Gissing was born in Wakefield in 1857 to middle-class parents.
Lawrence -- A terribly sensitive mind -- The death of the moth. -- Reading -- Hours in a library -- The modern essay -- The art of fiction -- Phases of fiction -- Modern fiction -- American fiction -- On re-reading novels -- Life and the novelist -- The anatmoy of fiction -- Women and fiction -- The patron and the crocus -- How it strikes a contemporary -- The leaning tower -- A letter to a young poet -- Middlebrow -- Reviewing -- The narrow bridge of art -- The artist and politics -- Walter Sickert -- Craftmanship -- An essay in criticism -- Modern letters -- All about boks -- The cinema -- Personalities -- Why?
Clarence and Emmeline Mumford are in for a real treat when they take in the young, outspoken Miss Louise Derrick as their guest.
At times he was on the border-land of imbecility; his mind looked into a cloudy chaos, a shapeless whirl of nothings.
Eventually, both Reardon’s health and his marriage collapse.He gives up his job as a clerk and spends most of his earnings from writing on a European trip.He then marries the socially ambitious Amy Yule, who is dazzled by his apparent literary talent.But a late blossoming of his career brought him literary acceptance and some degree of financial security in his final years.George Gissing died in France at the age of forty-six.Under pressure to produce, and unwilling to compromise his artistic ideals to meet the demands of the market, he struggles: For months he had been living in this way; endless circling, perpetual beginning, followed by frustration.A sign of exhaustion, it of course made exhaustion more complete.His wife gave him a startled look.'But you don't mean that it's necessary? You must feel lonely, now and then, during the day, and as we have plenty of room 'Emmeline took the matter seriously, but, being a young woman of some discretion, did not voice all her thoughts.The rent was heavy: so was the cost of Clarence's season ticket.Shedding a light on class struggles in the Victorian era, The Paying Guest offers a look at just what "proper society" expects.The Paying Guest by George Gissing CHAPTER I It was Mumford who saw the advertisement and made the suggestion. It just occurred to me that some such arrangement might be pleasant for you.