Images of the Writer and the Literary World

  • Adrian Poole


New Grub Street (1891) owes its justified pre-eminence in Gissing’s work to the coherence with which it embodies one man’s version of cultural crisis. We shall need to consider the extent to which the novel’s vision coincides with and deviates from changing historical actualities. But in order to understand its imaginative context, we must also look at the images of the writer most influential on Gissing himself, and most prevalent among his contemporaries.


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  1. 32.
    James Thomson, ‘Bumble, Bumbledom, Bumbleism’, National Reformer, (5 Nov 1895); reprinted in Selected Prose of James Thomson (‘B. V.’), ed. W. D. Schaefer (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1967 ) p. 123.Google Scholar
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    Letter to W. D. Howells, 22 January 1895; Letters, I, p. 237.Google Scholar
  3. 55.
    Jane Helen Findlater, Stones from a Glass House (1904) p. 119.Google Scholar
  4. 56.
    John Gross, The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters (1969) p. 215.Google Scholar
  5. 57.
    Arnold Bennett, The Truth about an Author (1903) p. 150.Google Scholar

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