George Gissing was an English novelist who wrote twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. He is noted for his realistic portrayal of the lower middle class and for his insightful and compassionate depiction of the lives of women and the urban poor. His best-known works include 'New Grub Street,' 'The Odd Women,' and 'The Nether World.' Gissing's work is characterized by his detailed character development, social commentary, and exploration of the social and economic pressures of Victorian society.
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"New Grub Street" is a novel set in the literary and journalistic circles of 1880s London. The story revolves around two writers, one who seeks wealth and status and the other who values artistic integrity over material success. It provides a stark and realistic portrayal of the struggles faced by writers, including financial hardship, the pressure to compromise artistic integrity for commercial success, and the destructive effects of these pressures on personal relationships and mental health. The book is a critique of the commercialization of literature and journalism during the period, and a commentary on the conflict between art and commerce.