Buildings, Residences, and Mansions: George Gissing’s ‘prejudice against flats’



Gissing’s letter to his brother — dated 28 December 1884, six days after moving to 7K, Cornwall Residences, the flat that was to be his base for the following six years — was matched by more domestic but equally enthusiastic sentiments in letters to his sisters. To Ellen he delighted over his flat’s furnishings including ‘real Chippendale’ chairs, ‘heavy dark curtains, with brass chains to loop them up, & behind them white curtains, supported by red silk bands’ and ‘a round table, with handsome red cloth’ (Letters, 2, p. 280). To Margaret, by now six weeks into his tenancy: ‘I am admirably quartered here, feeling I have a home for the first time in my life …. I have frequent visitors, who all exclaim about my comfort’ (Letters, 2, pp. 291–2).


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