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Gissing, George 1857-1903

Works: 1,345 works in 5,646 publications in 12 languages and 91,434 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Didactic fiction  History  Personal correspondence  Biographies  Diaries  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Illustrator, Creator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4716, 823.8
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Most widely held works by George Gissing
New Grub street by George Gissing( Book )

280 editions published between 1891 and 2019 in 11 languages and held by 5,515 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 2019 in 3 languages and held by 4,433 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( )

264 editions published between 1902 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 4,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is unusually divided into four seasons instead of chapters and represents a semi-fictional autobiographical work by George Gissing in which the author casts himself as the editor of the diary of a deceased acquaintance, selecting essays for posthumous publication. Observing how suitable many of the reflections were to the month with which they were dated
The town traveller by George Gissing( )

114 editions published between 1898 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gammon is by nature a pleasure seeker and he is disposed to be easily pleased. He lives in a boarding house and works mostly as a sales rep in thriving London near the end of the 19th century. He seeks a 'permanency' and a pretty young wife and wouldn't mind being rich. He is quite a busybody, always getting involved in other people's affairs. Gammon has an interest in genealogy and in family secrets. A friend of his theorizes that every family must have an unknown rich relative somewhere. That is the starting premise for some entertaining confusion in the Victorian style
Born in exile; a novel by George Gissing( )

119 editions published between 1892 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,501 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( )

79 editions published between 1899 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critics regard George Gissing as one of the most important writers of the Victorian era. Over the course of his career, he emerged as one of the most significant innovators in the literary genre of realism. In The Crown of Life, one of his later works, Gissing explores human relationships, and in particular, marriage, with the keen eye for detail and piercing insight that are his hallmarks
Will Warburton; a romance of real life by George Gissing( )

83 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 2,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young wealthy gentleman looses everything in speculation and is forced into a humble life of a grocer. He finds his circumstances tragic at first and keeps his fate secret from all his friends and family. He re-considers his attitudes only when the woman with whom he is falling in love discovers he is a grocer, and throws him over
The paying guest by George Gissing( )

59 editions published between 1895 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the course of his literary careeer, George Gissing emerged as a chronicler of Britain's emerging middle class. In novels such as New Grub Street, he took it upon himself to outline the challenges facing this new demographic niche, which he described as "well educated, fairly bred, but without money." The Paying Guest explores same of the same themes -- class tensions, intrigue, and the grit beneath the glittering surface of the Victorian era
Denzil Quarrier; a novel by George Gissing( )

67 editions published between 1891 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,021 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 nether world; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

127 editions published between 1888 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,703 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
In the year of jubilee; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

109 editions published between 1894 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,443 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 )

128 editions published between 1897 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Marriage rarely means happiness, either for man or woman; if it be not too grievous to be borne, one must thank the fates and take courage'. The greatest of English realist novelists, famous for New Grub Street, George Gissing creates in The Whirlpool an astonish picture of characters caught in the vortex of London, struggling to understand how they can make sense of their lives in a society of remorseless faithlessness and social snobbery. A whole era is magnificently brought to life in all its glamour and squalor - and at the book's heart lies one of the most remarkable figures in English literature: Alma Rolfe, torn between an idyll of rural domesticity and her career in London as a musician
Demos; a story of English socialism by George Gissing( Book )

96 editions published between 1886 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,396 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
The unclassed by George Gissing( Book )

98 editions published between 1884 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osmond Waymark, a struggling teacher answers a magazine advertisement, placed by Julian Casti, a half-Italian who had felt himself to be rejected by society. The two strike up a meaningful and deep friendship
Thyrza : a tale by George Gissing( Book )

81 editions published between 1887 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dickens : a critical study by George Gissing( Book )

107 editions published between 1898 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

63 editions published between 1903 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love story is not an unrequited romance - the two lovers are aware of their feelings for each other - as much as it is an unrewarded one, for the plot revolves around keeping the two from each other, as Veranilda becomes a pawn between the competing courts of Justinian and Totila. The story of Veranilda takes place during the time of the Gothic King Totila's advance on Naples and Rome
Our friend the charlatan; a novel by George Gissing( Book )

28 editions published between 1901 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As he waited for his breakfast, never served to time, Mr. Lashmar drummed upon the window-pane, and seemed to watch a blackbird lunching with much gusto about the moist lawn of Alverholme Vicarage. But his gaze was absent and worried. The countenance of the reverend gentleman rarely wore any other expression, for he took to heart all human miseries and follies, and lived in a ceaseless mild indignation against the tenor of the age
The old curiosity shop by Charles Dickens( Book )

2 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
A life's morning by George Gissing( Book )

78 editions published between 1888 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 837 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The paying guest
The odd womenThe private papers of Henry RyecroftThe town travellerBorn in exile; a novelThe crown of lifeWill Warburton; a romance of real lifeThe paying guestDenzil Quarrier; a novel
Alternative Names
George Gissing Brits schrijver

George Gissing brittisk författare

George Gissing écrivain britannique

George Gissing, Jr

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

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جارج گسنگ

جورج قیسینق

جوسنج, جورج 1857-1903

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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