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  • Published: 3 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448190201
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

New Grub Street

George Gissing's best-known novel shows us the literary underbelly of Victorian England, and the writers striving to forge their reputations in 'the street of no shame'.


Grub Street - where would-be writers aim high, publishers plumb the depths and literature is a trade, never a calling. In a literary world disfigured by greed and explotation, two very different writers rise and fall: Edward Reardon, a novelist whose high standards prevent him from pandering to the common taste, and Jasper Milvain, who possesses no such scruples. Gissing's dark and darkly funny novel presents a little-seen but richly absorbing slice of nineteeth-century society.

  • Pub date: 3 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448190201
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

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Praise for New Grub Street

“New Grub Street...remains to this day the most devastating fictive portrayal of the conflict between materialism and idealism in the literary and journalistic worlds”

Washington Post

“It is George Gissing's triumph, in New Grub Street to have written a novel about writing for a living which is as graphic, as realistic and as dispiriting in its way as anything written by Emile Zola on the plight of coalminers”

Sunday Times

“New Grub Street is not a very cheerful book, but as a study in the pathology of the literary life it is unequalled, and still surprisingly relevant”

David Lodge, Independent

“At his best Gissing is a very subtle psychologist, and his best scenes emerge out of a painstaking unravelling of human motivation... His work has a kind of integrity, a sort of emotional jaggedness, sufficient to set it apart from most of the comfortable productions of the late-Victorian reading-room”

DJ Taylor, Independent

“New Grub Street has an ominously up-to-date air”


“Gissing’s masterpiece”

George Orwell

“Important... New Grub Street is Victorian in its realist depiction of a society in transition, but modern in its portrait of the artist as an existentialist character making his solitary way in the world”

Robert McCrum, Observer

“· A great novel about creativity and money and marriage, and its greatness lies in the subtlety with which these three subjects become co-dependent on one another”

Anthony Quinn, Guardian

“Gissing…deserves to be more widely read. He is at his best describing the hardship and disappointments faced by the less well-off, striving in the face of an unforgiving Victorian Society”

Nicholas Lavender QC, Counsel

“Gissing’s insights into both the media and the effects of poverty still seem astonishingly fresh and current… Utterly compelling”

Sunday Business Post

“Cynical, realistic and enjoyable”

Alan Taylor and Rosemary Goring, Herald

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