At times he was on the border-land of imbecility; his mind looked into a cloudy chaos, a shapeless whirl of nothings.
Eventually, both Reardon’s health and his marriage collapse.
V.3: The Pastons and Chaucer -- Montaigne -- Sir Walter Raleigh -- The strange Elizabethans -- Rambling round Evelyn -- The Duchess of Newcastle -- Dorothy Osborne's letters -- Madame de Sevigne -- Swift's Journal to Stella -- Lord Chesterfield's letters to his son -- Sterne -- Sterne's ghost -- Eliza and Sterne -- Horace Walpole -- Two antiquaries: Walpole and Cole -- The Rev.
-- Professions for women -- Evening over Sussex: reflections in a motor-car -- The moment: summer's night -- Gas -- Fishing.
They had a valid excuse for avoiding public entertainments an expense so often imposed by mere fashion. Clarence, good fellow, might be sincere in his wish for her to have companionship; at the same time, this advertisement had probably appealed to him in another way...
George Gissing is, in some ways, a forgotten author.But a late blossoming of his career brought him literary acceptance and some degree of financial security in his final years.George Gissing died in France at the age of forty-six.But that would be to overlook his unique achievement as one of the most resonant voices of the neglected margins of late Victorian society and, above all, as one of the first great London writers.Gissing was born in Wakefield in 1857 to middle-class parents. Haydon -- Jack Mytton -- Crabbe -- 'Not one of us' -- Geraldine and Jane -- Poe's Helen -- Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Visits to Walt Whitman -- 'I am Christina Rossetti' -- Two women: Emily Davies and Lady Augusta Stanley -- Ellen Terry -- The enchanted organ: Anne Thackeray -- Leslie Stephen -- Edmund Gosse -- Roger Fry -- The cosmos -- The dream -- Outlines: I. Grey -- Three pictures -- Street haunting: a London adventure -- Flying over London -- Thoughts on peace in an air raid -- The sun and the fish -- Thunder at Wembley -- To Spain -- On being ill -- The fleeting portrait: I. The Royal Academy -- Royalty -- A talk about memoirs -- The art of biography -- The new biography. V.1: On not knowing Greek -- The Faery Queen -- 'The Countess of Pembrokes's Arcadia' -- Twelfth Night at the Old Vic -- Donne after three centuries -- The Elizabethan Lumber Room -- Notes on an Elizabethan play -- Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe -- Congreve's comedies -- Addison -- The Sentimental Journey -- The humane art -- Oliver Goldsmith -- The historian and 'The Gibson' -- Reflections at Sheffield Place -- Gotchic romance -- Sir Walter Scott: I. The antiquary -- Jane Austen -- William Hazlitt -- Impassioned prose -- The captain's death bed -- Lockhart's criticism -- Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights -- David Copperfield -- George Eliot -- Ruskin -- Aurora Leigh -- The niece of an earl -- The novels of George Meredith -- On re-reading Meredith -- The Russian point of view -- The novels of Turgenev -- Lewis Carroll -- The novels of Thomas Hardy -- Henry James: I. The letters of Henry James -- Henry James's ghost stories -- The supernatural in fiction -- George Gissing -- Joseph Conrad -- Mr. His subject matter was unrelentingly grim, his world view invariably pessimistic and his work lacked any hint of literary experimentation.Perhaps, then, one might say he deserves to be forgotten.