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The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories

George Gissing

Book Overview: 

George Gissing was a prolific English writer of novels and short stories. Among his best known novels is The Odd Women, which was influenced by George Eliot, whose work he greatly admired. Another of his famous works, New Grub Street, entails a blunt critique of the working class life he knew by experience, especially during a number of the years he spent in the United States.

This collection of stories ranges from the humorous to the tragic. Throughout, Gissing pokes mild fun at his characters' human frailties: egotism, self-satisfaction, and pomposity, among others.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I—I don't know whether you'd care to come into my garden? We might talk there—'

In a minute or two they were standing amid the green jungle, which Goldthorpe viewed with delight. He declared it the most picturesque garden he had ever seen.

'Why, there are potatoes growing there. And what are those things? Jerusalem artichokes? And look at that magnificent thistle; I never saw a finer thistle in my life! And poppies—and marigolds—and broad-beans—and isn't that lettuce?'

Mr. Spicer was red with gratification.

'I feel that something might be done with the garden, sir,' he said. 'The fact is, sir, I've only lately come into this property, and I'm sorry to say it'll only be mine for a little more than a year—a year from next midsummer day, sir. There's the explanation of what you see. It's leasehold property, and the lease is just coming to its end. Five . . . Read More

Community Reviews

These stories were gritty and interesting.

In tbe midst of a troubled and short life, George Gissing (1857 -1903) wrote prolifically about late Victorian England. His novels and stories have the charcoal-gray, realistic character of a writer who was trying to portray what he saw. Gissing's themes include portraying the unclassed, alienate...more

A delightful set of short stories. They are like slices of life - exquisitely executed glimpses. A couple were slightly unsatisfactory ending abruptly. I was particularly happy that it ended with a lovely and satisfying story - the Pig and Whistle.