None of Gissing’s work is unflawed by his merely personal prejudices and temperament, but to focus attention on them as Virginia Woolf did when she described him as a writer with whom ‘we establish a personal rather than an artistic relationship’,1 can obscure the objective achievement. The brief biographical account that follows, therefore, offers a critical introduction to some of the elements in Gissing’s life that shaped his imaginative outlook, rather than an explanation to the terms of which all his work can be reduced.
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