The Nether World by George Gissing

The Nether World

byGeorge GissingEditorStephen Gill

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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The Nether World (1889) is generally regarded as the finest of Gissing's early novels. A fast moving story of highly dramatic, sometimes violent scenes, it depicts life amongst the artisans, factory-girls, and slum-dwellers of Clerkenwell in the 1870s. But this is not just a novel ofdocumentary realism. It is one man's mordant vision - shaped by bitter personal experience of poverty - of the quality of life endured by a variety of characters in the nether world. With Zolaesque intensity and relentlessness, Gissing lays bare the economic forces which determine the aspirationsand expectations of those born to a life of labour. This is a tale of intrigue, as rapacious schemers try to wrest a fortune out of a mysterious old man who has returned to their midst, and of thwarted love. There is no sentimentality. This is a world in which the strong exercise power against their own kind, scheming and struggling for survival, aworld from which, Gissing bleakly maintains, there can be no escape.

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Stephen Gill is a Reader in English Literature, Oxford University and Fellow of Lincoln College.
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Title:The Nether WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953828X

ISBN - 13:9780199538287

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