Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 1 Whitehall Gardens, 1903. First Edition. Octavo, original green cloth lettered in gilt on spine panel, lettered and bordered in gilt on front panel, all edges trimmed. 298 pp+ 6 pp of integral ads at rear, separately paginated. There is a small stamp on the front paste-down (the number '276'); Text block and hinges are clean and tight, light wear to cloth at spine head. A very good, attractive copy. Item #311912
¶ A semi-fictional autobiographical work in which the author casts himself as the editor of the diary of a deceased acquaintance, selecting essays for posthumous publication.The book appeared in the year of Gissing's death. Gissing lived a difficult life which became the basis for much of his over 20 novels. As a youth, he was expelled from an exclusive school and imprisoned for stealing to support a prostitute, with whom he subsequently made an unhappy marriage. He lived in squalor for many years in the garrets of London while writing prolifically. His early novels deal with the urban poor while the latter books include a broader spectrum of characters as Gissing's own situation improved. He writes of the commodification of art and of the difficulty of achieving personal autonomy in a commercial culture and in a state of poverty.
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