81: New Grub Street
It’s a late-Victorian triple-decker novel about the poor souls who write late-Victorian triple-decker novels and the psychosocial tightropes they walk (or plummet from) while doing so. Plus thrilling rooftop adventures!
The Sometime Seminar discusses New Grub Street (1891), a novel of struggling writers by George Gissing.
Supplemental links: “An Outburst on Gissing” (1920) by Douglas Goldring is an entertaining rant against Gissing’s style.
Note on e-texts: None of the electronic editions of New Grub Street that we examined were any better edited than Project Gutenberg’s, unfortunately. The Modern Library and Oxford World’s Classics commercial versions were riddled with errors.