This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1891 first edition.
The greatest of English realist novelists, famous for New Grub Street, George Gissing creates in The Whirlpool an astonish picture of characters caught in the vortex of London, struggling to understand how they can make sense of their lives in a society of remorseless faithlessness and social snobbery.
A whole era is magnificently brought to life in all its glamour and squalor - and at the book's heart lies one of the most remarkable figures in English literature: Alma Rolfe, torn between an idyll of rural domesticity and her career in London as a musician.
This Broadview edition also includes a rich selection of historical material on the literary world of London through the centuries, authorship as a profession, and Gissing’s life and work.
The novel suggests that the literary world rewards materialistic self-promotion more than serious artistic sensibility. Gissing's biography--a respected writer who struggled for a long time to obtain commercial success--strongly suggests the novel is autobiographical, the author's stand-in being (of course) Reardon.
It was a house in De Crespigny Park; unattached, double-fronted, with half-sunk basement, and a flight of steps to the stucco pillars at the entrance. De Crespigny Park, a thoroughfare connecting Grove Lane, Camberwell, with Denmark Hill, presents a double row of similar dwellings; its clean breadth, with foliage of trees and shrubs in front gardens, makes it pleasant to the eye that finds pleasure in suburban London. In point of respectability, it has claims only to be appreciated by the ambitious middle-class of Camberwell. Each house seems to remind its neighbour, with all the complacence expressible in buff brick, that in this locality lodgings are not to let.
For an hour after Peachey’s departure, the silence of the house was unbroken. Then a bedroom door opened, and a lady in a morning gown of the fashionable heliotrope came downstairs. She had acute features; eyes which seemed to indicate the concentration of her thoughts upon a difficult problem, and cheeks of singular bloom. Her name was Beatrice French; her years numbered six and twenty.
She entered the dining-room and drew up the blind. Though the furniture was less than a year old, and by no means of the cheapest description, slovenly housekeeping had dulled the brightness of every surface. On a chair lay a broken toy, one of those elaborate and costly playthings which serve no purpose but to stunt a child’s imagination. Though the time was midsummer, not a flower appeared among the pretentious ornaments. The pictures were a strange medley—autotypes of some artistic value hanging side by side with hideous oleographs framed in ponderous gilding. Miss. ——— then violently rang the bell. When the summons had been twice French looked about her with an expression of strong disgust, repeated, there appeared a young woman whose features told of long and placid slumbers.
* Illustrated with images relating to Gissing's life and works
* Detailed introductions to the novels and other works
* ALL 23 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Rare poems and short stories appearing for the first time in digital print
* Includes Gissing's complete non-fiction, with all of the Dickensian criticism works
* Special criticism section, including both Swinnerton and Yates’ studies of Gissing
* Features Morley Roberts' semi-biographical novel based on Gissing’s life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: some obscure short stories and poems cannot appear in this eBook, being the result of recent scholarship and so protected by copyright. Once these works enter the public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.
WORKERS IN THE DAWN
A LIFE’S MORNING
THE NETHER WORLD
NEW GRUB STREET
BORN IN EXILE
THE ODD WOMEN
IN THE YEAR OF THE JUBILEE
THE PAYING GUEST
THE TOWN TRAVELLER
THE CROWN OF LIFE
OUR FRIEND THE CHARLATAN
THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYCROFT
The Short Story Collections
HUMAN ODDS AND ENDS
THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS
THE SINS OF THE FATHER AND OTHER STORIES
A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND OTHER STORIES
UNCOLLECTED SHORT STORIES
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS
CHARLES DICKENS: A CRITICAL STUDY
BY THE IONIAN SEA
FORSTER’S LIFE OF DICKENS
THE IMMORTAL DICKENS
GEORGE GISSING: A CRITICAL STUDY by Frank Swinnerton
GEORGE GISSING, AN APPRECIATION by May Yates
LONDON NOTES: JULY 1897 by Henry James
The Biographical Novel
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY MAITLAND by Morley Roberts