New Grub Street (1891), George Gissing's most highly regarded novel, is the story of men and women forced to make their living by writing.

Their daily lives and broken dreams, made and marred by the rigors of urban life and the demands of the fledgling mass communications industry, are presented with vivid realism and unsentimental sympathy.

Its telling juxtaposition of the writing careers of the clever and malicious Jaspar Milvain and the honest and struggling Edward Reardon quickly made New Grub Street into a classic work of late Victorian fiction.

Chapter 1 A Man of His Day2015-06-13
As the Milvains sat down to breakfast the clock of Wattleborough parish church struck eight; it was two miles away, but the strokes were borne very distinctly on the west wind this autumn morning. Jasper, listening before he cracked an egg, remarked with cheerfulness:Theres a man being
Chapter 2 The House of Yule2015-06-12
I think said Jasper, as he entered the room where his mother and Maud were busy with plain needlework, I must have met Alfred Yule and his daughter. How did you recognise them? Mrs Milvain inquired. I passed an old buffer and a pale-faced girl whom I kn
Chapter 3 Holiday2015-06-12
Jaspers favourite walk led him to a spot distant perhaps a mile and a half from home. From a tract of common he turned into a short lane which crossed the Great Western railway, and thence by a stile into certain meadows forming a compact little valley. One recommendation of this retreat was
Chapter 4 An Author and His Wife2015-06-11
Eight flights of stairs, consisting alternately of eight and nine steps. Amy had made the calculation, and wondered what was the cause of this arrangement. The ascent was trying, but then no one could contest the respectability of the abode. In the flat immediately beneath resided a successful music
Chapter 5 The Way Hither2015-06-11
Even in mid-rapture of his marriage month he had foreseen this possibility; but fate had hitherto rescued him in sudden ways when he was on the brink of self-abandonment, and it was hard to imagine that this culmination of triumphant joy could be a preface to base miseries. He was the son of a man wh
Chapter 6 The Practical Friend2015-06-10
When her husband had set forth, Amy seated herself in the study and took up a new library volume as if to read. But she had no real intention of doing so; it was always disagreeable to her to sit in the manner of one totally unoccupied, with hands on lap, and even when she consciously gave herself u
Chapter 7 Marian’s Home2015-06-10
Three weeks after her return from the country - which took place a week later than that of Jasper Milvain - Marian Yule was working one afternoon at her usual place in the Museum Reading-room. It was three oclock, and with the interval of half an hour at midday, when she went away
Chapter 8 To the Winning Side2015-06-09
Of the acquaintances Yule had retained from his earlier years several were in the well-defined category of men with unpresentable wives. There was Hinks, for instance, whom, though in anger he spoke of him as a bore, Alfred held in some genuine regard. Hinks made perhaps a hundred a year out of a ki
Chapter 9 Invita Minerva2015-06-09
After all, there came a day when Edwin Reardon found himself regularly at work once more, ticking off his stipulated quantum of manuscript each four-and-twenty hours. He wrote a very small hand; sixty written slips of the kind of paper he habitually used would represent - thanks to the astonis
Chapter 10 The Friends of the Family2015-06-08
It was natural that Amy should hint dissatisfaction with the loneliness in which her days were mostly spent. She had never lived in a large circle of acquaintances; the narrowness of her mothers means restricted the family to intercourse with a few old friends and such new ones as were conten
Chapter 11 Respite2015-06-08
The last volume was written in fourteen days. In this achievement Reardon rose almost to heroic pitch, for he had much to contend with beyond the mere labour of composition. Scarcely had he begun when a sharp attack of lumbago fell upon him; for two or three days it was torture to support himself at
Chapter 12 Work Without Hope2015-06-07
The prudent course was so obvious that he marvelled at Amys failing to suggest it. For people in their circumstances to be paying a rent of fifty pounds when a home could be found for half the money was recklessness; there would be no difficulty in letting the flat for this last year of their
Chapter 13 A Warning2015-06-07
In the spring list of Mr Jedwoods publications, announcement was made of a new work by Alfred Yule. It was called English Prose in the Nineteenth Century, and consisted of a number of essays (several of which had already seen the light in periodicals) strung into continuity. The
Chapter 14 Ecruits2015-06-06
Marian walked to the nearest point of Camden Road, and there waited for an omnibus, which conveyed her to within easy reach of the street where Maud and Dora Milvain had their lodgings. This was at the north-east of Regents Park, and no great distance from Mornington Road, where Jasper still
Chapter 15 The Last Resource2015-06-06
The past twelve months had added several years to Edwin Reardons seeming age; at thirty-three he would generally have been taken for forty. His bearing, his personal habits, were no longer those of a young man; he walked with a stoop and pressed noticeably on the stick he carried; it was rare
Chapter 16 Rejection2015-06-05
One of Reardons minor worries at this time was the fear that by chance he might come upon a review of Margaret Home. Since the publication of his first book he had avoided as far as possible all knowledge of what the critics had to say about him; his nervous temperament could no
Chapter 17 The Parting2015-06-05
Amy did not go to church. Before her marriage she had done so as a mere matter of course, accompanying her mother, but Reardons attitude with regard to the popular religion speedily became her own; she let the subject lapse from her mind, and cared neither to defend nor to attack where dogma
Chapter 18 The Old Home2015-06-04
Before her marriage Mrs Edmund Yule was one of seven motherless sisters who constituted the family of a dentist slenderly provided in the matter of income. The pinching and paring which was a chief employment of her energies in those early days had disagreeable effects upon a character disposed rath
Chapter 19 The Past Revived2015-06-04
Nor would it be true to represent Edwin Reardon as rising to the new day wholly disconsolate. He too had slept unusually well, and with returning consciousness the sense of a burden removed was more instant than that of his loss and all the dreary circumstances attaching to it. He had no longer to f
Chapter 20 The End of Waiting2015-06-03
It was more than a fortnight after Reardons removal to Islington when Jasper Milvain heard for the first time of what had happened. He was coming down from the office of the Will-o-the-Wisp one afternoon, after a talk with the editor concerning a paragraph in his last weeks caus
Chapter 21 Mr Yule Leaves Town2015-06-03
Since the domestic incidents connected with that unpleasant review in The Current, the relations between Alfred Yule and his daughter had suffered a permanent change, though not in a degree noticeable by any one but the two concerned. To all appearances, they worked together and conversed very much
Chapter 22 The Legatees2015-06-02
Each day Jasper came to inquire of his sisters if they had news from Wattleborough or from Marian Yule. He exhibited no impatience, spoke of the matter in a disinterested tone; still, he came daily. One afternoon he found Dora working alone. Maud, he was told, had gone to lunch at Mrs Lanes. &l
Chapter 23 A Proposed Investment2015-06-02
Alfred Yules behaviour under his disappointment seemed to prove that even for him the uses of adversity could be sweet. On the day after his return home he displayed a most unwonted mildness in such remarks as he addressed to his wife, and his bearing towards Marian was gravely gentle. At mea
Chapter 24 Jasper’s Magnanimity2015-06-01
Occasionally Milvain met his sisters as they came out of church on Sunday morning, and walked home to have dinner with them. He did so to-day, though the sky was cheerless and a strong north-west wind made it anything but agreeable to wait about in open spaces. Are you going to Mrs Wright&rsqu
Chapter 25 A Fruitless Meeting2015-06-01
Refuge from despair is often found in the passion of self-pity and that spirit of obstinate resistance which it engenders. In certain natures the extreme of self-pity is intolerable, and leads to self-destruction; but there are less fortunate beings whom the vehemence of their revolt against fate st
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