Hailed as Gissing's finest novel, " "New Grub Street portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards commercial savvy over artistic achievement, authors and scholars struggle to earn a living without compromising their standards. Even as the novel chills us with its still-recognizable portrayal of the crass and vulgar world of literary endeavor, writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, its very existence provides eloquent, encouraging proof of the fact that a powerful, honest writer can transcend the constraints of commerce.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1891 first edition.
About the Author
Francine Prose s most recent book is "The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired." A contributing editor at "Harper s," she is the author of ten books of fiction, including "Blue Angel," a 2000 National Book Award finalist."
“The most impressive of Gissing’s books . . . England has produced very few better novelists.” —George Orwell