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Gissing, George Robert, 1857-1903 (novelist)



  • Existence: 1857 - 1903


George Gissing was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 22 November 1857. He won a scholarship to Owens College (now the University of Manchester) and came first in England in the intermediate BA examination of the University of London in both English and Latin in 1874. He was imprisoned for one month in Bellevue Prison, Manchester, after being caught stealing money from fellow students. He was expelled from Owens College and briefly moved to the United States. He returned to England in 1877. Whilst working as a private tutor, he completed his first novel 'Workers in the Dawn' in 1880. In all, he wrote 23 novels between 1880 and 1903 including 'The Nether World' (1889), 'New Grub Street' (1891) and 'The Odd Women' (1893). He died on 28 December 1903 in France.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Letter to Herbert H. Sturmer, 31 Oct. 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/16
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.

Dates: 31 Oct. 1897
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