Admired by Meredith, Conrad and Henry James, befriended by Thomas Hardy and H. G. Wells, George Gissing was one of the major English novelists of the late nineteenth century. It was, however, as a short-story writer that he entered into the world of literature and his instinct for suggestive compression soon secured his place as an accomplished fin-de-siecle practitioner in the field of short fiction. Chronologically planned from 1877 to the early 1900s, this present book focuses on eleven specimens, many of them vintage Gissing, of the artist's 115 stories. It will recommend itself to all lovers of late Victorian culture and short-story practices.It contains: One of Gissing's finest juvenilia from America; an English Coast-Picture; stories now difficult of access - "Gretchen", "Spellbound", and "The Pig and Whistle"; the bilingual English-German variant of a tale never before published in book form in its unbowdlerised version - Phoebe's Fortune/Phobes luck; Two uncollected pieces - "A Midsummer Madness", and "By the Kerb"; acknowledged masterpieces - "Lou and Liz", "The Day of Silence", "The Foolish Virgin", and "A Daughter of the Lodge".Christine Huguet is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3. Her doctoral thesis was on George Moore's Esther Waters. Amongst her publications are articles on Victorian and Edwardian fiction, on the picaresque heritage and the Don Quixote tradition in British literature. She has brought together a fine selection of Gissing short stories with critical appraisal by M. D. Allen, Christine DeVine, David Grylls, Constance Harsh, Christine Huguet, Diana Maltz, Markus Neacey, Bouwe Postmus, Barbara Rawlinson, Robert Selig and John Sloan.
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