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Gissing, George 1857-1903

Works: 1,436 works in 6,003 publications in 12 languages and 98,486 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Didactic fiction  Biographies  History  Personal correspondence  Novels  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Illustrator, Editor, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PR4716, 823.8
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New Grub street by George Gissing( Book )

318 editions published between 1800 and 2020 in 11 languages and held by 5,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Grub Street portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards commercial savvy over artistic achievement, authors and scholars struggle to earn a living without compromising their standards
The odd women by George Gissing( )

184 editions published between 1892 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 4,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five women in Victorian London and the choices they make or are forced to make concerning men's and women's place in society and relationship to each other
The private papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing( )

263 editions published between 1901 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 4,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1903, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft brought Gissing great acclaim. Heavily autobiographical, the novel is written in the form of a memoir of the last happy years of a writer who had struggled through the grubby world of journalism, but thanks to a legacy late in life was able – unlike Gissing himself – to retire to the countryside
The town traveller by George Gissing( )

117 editions published between 1898 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about the lifestyle of the elite of the British society. With the ladies looking for suitable partners and the men, trying to keep up gentlemanly behaviour, this is a brilliant work. Reflecting the society, these pages depict human attitudes in an amazing fashion."
Born in exile; a novel by George Gissing( )

129 editions published between 1892 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Godwin Peak, is a star student at Whitelaw College, which he won a scholarship to attend. He wins many academic prizes and his future seems promising. Then his Cockney uncle arrives intending to open an eating-house adjacent to the college. Godwin is mortified of being associated with 'trade' and leaves the college rather than face the scorn he expects to receive from his upper-class fellow students.This is indicative of his social aspirations (upwards) and snobbery (downwards). He moves to London where he abhors the social mores of the lower orders and pines to be accepted into high society where he believes his intellect should place him. He sees writing as a possible entry and pens a fiercely critical article on the Church of England and its attitude to Darwinism. It is published anonymously but not before word of its true authorship has spread within his small circle of friends. These include Christian Moxey, who has an idealised romantic fixation on a married woman (ultimately found to be unrequited), Moxey's sister Marcella has a likewise unrequited crush on Godwin Peak, and Malkin-a flighty Bohemian who has an idea of training an adolescent girl to be a wife worthy of his radical views, and who has formed a relationship with Mrs.Jacox and her daughters to further this plan (ultimately successful). After submitting the article Peak goes on holiday to the West Country stopping of in Exeter where he encounters the Warricombe family (minor gentry) whose son Buckland he was at Whitelaw with (Peak once visited the family as a child and was smitten by their daughter Sidwell). He trails the family around Exeter until he has an 'accidental' encounter with Buckland and gets invited to their house. He meets Sidwell, now a beautiful and devoutly religious woman, and in a hypocritical volte face Peak declares himself a Christian and whats more his intent to take Holy Orders. This plan would give him two things he desires,an upper class wife and entry into a socially higher class through his vocation. He stays in Exeter to execute his plan and proximity to the Warricombes, especially Sidwell and her father, seems to be getting him closer to his goals. However Buckland Warricombe distrusts him, seeing him as a social upstart, and seeks out Peak's London friends to ascertain his motives. He meets with the Moxeys and while there Malkin arrives, whose mouth runs away with him, exposing Peak's authorship of the article thus revealing Peak as a fraud and hypocrite. Marcella does not stop Malkin despite knowing the consequences for Peak, as it suits her ends to hamper Peak and Sidwell's relationship. Ironically Marcella is shown to be a better mate for Peak but he is more interested in Sidwell's beauty and social position. Buckland exposes Peak as a hypocrite and possible fraudster to Sidwell and her father (who liked Peak believing him to be sympathetic to his anti-evolutionary Anglicanism). However Sidwell has fallen in love with Peak and forgives him but Peak feels he cannot stay in Exeter and be shamed by the revelation of his hypocrisy, reminiscent of his leaving college rather than be associated with tradespeople. They part but keep up a cool, sporadic correspondence for some years. Then Marcella Moxey is killed while trying to prevent a horse being beaten and leaves her considerable wealth to Peak. He reluctantly accepts it (she had previously offered him money but he refused it) and now an independent man of means he proposes marriage to Sidwell. She almost accepts him but out of love and loyalty to her family, and father in particular, she turns him down. Denied his aspiration to marry into society Peak goes on a tour of Europe where he contracts Malaria and dies alone in a Viennese boarding-house. Thus Peak was born, lived and died in Exile. "--Wikipedia
The crown of life by George Gissing( )

83 editions published between 1899 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So what is the crown of life? Follow the journey of Piers and Irene as they attempt to discover. It is both a coming of age novel and love story at the same time, one which would bring delight to philosophers with many conversations for and against imperialism, romantics who would follow the long courtship in the center of the plot, and sociologists who would follow with interest the vivid way in which George Gissing describes the society in which he lived
Denzil Quarrier; a novel by George Gissing( )

72 editions published between 1891 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popular Victorian-era novelist George Gissing was best known for his realistic portrayals of social problems in the period in texts such as New Grub Street. The novel Denzil Quarrier finds Gissing stretching beyond this well-trod comfort zone, telling the story of an heir to a Norwegian timber fortune in a gripping character study that is heavily influenced by the work of playwright Henrik Ibsen
The paying guest by George Gissing( )

62 editions published between 1895 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the experiences of the Mumfords, a middle-class family who invite a "paying guest" into their home to supplement their income
Will Warburton; a romance of real life by George Gissing( )

88 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 2,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the later years of his career, popular Victorian-era writer George Gissing turned his attention to the social ills and challenges of the time. His last published novel, Will Warburton, is a prime example of social realism. The story following the travails of the title character, whose fortune is depleted through a series of shady business deals and who is subsequently forced to go into business as a shopkeeper
In the year of jubilee; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

115 editions published between 1894 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nancy Lord, an accomplished modern London woman of the 1890's finds that life can have unexpected complications when she falls in love with the wayward Lionel Tarrant
The whirlpool by George Gissing( Book )

139 editions published between 1897 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harvey Rolfe was old enough to dine with deliberation, young and healthy enough to sauce with appetite the dishes he thoughtfully selected. You perceived in him the imperfect epicure. His club had no culinary fame; the dinner was merely tolerable; but Rolfe's unfinished palate flattered the second-rate cook. He knew nothing of vintages; it sufficed him to distinguish between Bordeaux and Burgundy; yet one saw him raise his glass and peer at the liquor with eye of connoisseur. All unaffectedly; for he was conscious of his shortcoming in the art of delicate living, and never vaunted his satisfactions. He had known the pasture of poverty, and the table as it is set by London landladies; to look back on these things was to congratulate himself that nowadays he dined
The unclassed by George Gissing( Book )

99 editions published between 1884 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a young, educated man, Osmond Waymark, who survives by teaching. He answers a magazine advertisement, placed by Julian Casti -- a half-Italian who had felt himself to be rejected by society -- for companionship and the two strike up a serious and deep friendship
The nether world; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

74 editions published between 1889 and 2018 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in 1888, 'The Nether World' is a novel that depicts life amongst the poor in the Clerkenwell of the 1870s. Gissing's exposure of London's squalor and poverty is characterised by Zolaesque intensity and relentlessness
Demos; a story of English socialism by George Gissing( Book )

104 editions published between 1886 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Against the vivid background of the political and social upheavals of the mid-1880s, in 'Demos' George Gissing weaves an eletrifying story of ambition, betrayal, love and loss
Veranilda : a romance by George Gissing( Book )

66 editions published between 1903 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven years long had the armies of Justinian warred against the Goths in Italy. Victor from Rhegium to Ravenna, the great commander Belisarius had returned to the East, Carrying captive a Gothic king. The cities of the conquered land were garrisoned by barbarians of many tongues, who bore the name of Roman soldiers; the Italian people, brought low by slaughter, dearth, and plague, crouched under the rapacious tyranny of governors from Byzantium
Charles Dickens : a critical study by George Gissing( Book )

118 editions published between 1898 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1898 volume, written 20 years after Dickens' death, contains a biographical study of his life and works
Thyrza : a tale by George Gissing( Book )

88 editions published between 1887 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emancipated : a novel by George Gissing( Book )

63 editions published between 1890 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Miriam Baske, a young widow, leaves behind the gray stone chapels and flinty hearts of Lancashire for the sun and artistic splendor of Italy -- where she meets a host of her countrymen doing the Grand Tour. To Miriam's surprise, the English abroad are a different breed from those back home: in the Bay of Naples, passion rules over reason. But will life change when they return to their own hearthsides?"--Goodreads
A life's morning by George Gissing( Book )

84 editions published between 1888 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of a poor, yet cultivated, young woman, Emily Hood, from a small town in the north of England. While serving as a governess to a wealthy country family, she becomes enamored of her employer's son, Wilfrid Athel, and the two are engaged. However, during a visit to her parents' home, she is confronted by her father's employer, Dagworthy, who threatens to expose her father as a thief unless Emily marries him"--Wikipedia
The old curiosity shop by Charles Dickens( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrations from the 1897 edition of The Old Curiosity Shop courtesy of the Mercantile Library Association of New York
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The town traveller
The odd womenThe private papers of Henry RyecroftThe town travellerBorn in exile; a novelThe crown of lifeDenzil Quarrier; a novelThe paying guestWill Warburton; a romance of real life
Alternative Names
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George Gissing écrivain britannique

George Gissing scrittore inglese

George Robert Gissing englischer Schriftsteller

Gissing, G.

Gissing, G. 1857-1903

Gissing George

Gissing, George 1857-1903

Gissing, George R.

Gissing, George R. 1857-1903

Gissing George Robert

Gissing George Robert 1857-1903

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Τζορτζ Γκίσινγκ

Джордж Гиссинг

Джордж Гіссінг

Джордж Гісінг

Ռոբերտ Ջորջ Գիսինգ անգլիացի գրող

جارج گسنگ انگريز ناولسٽ

جورج قیسینق

جوسنج, جورج 1857-1903

جيورجى جيسينج

گيسينگ، جورج

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기싱, 조지 1857-1903

기싱, 조지 로버트 1857-1903

기싱, 죠-지 1857-1903

깃싱, G. 1857-1903

깃싱, 조오지 1857-1903

깃싱, 조지 로버트 1857-1903


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