New Grub Street

New Grub Street (1891) has the reputation of being George Gissing’s finest novel. With bitter humour and grim realism, it tells the story of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of men and women struggling to earn their living as writers in the closing years of the Victorian era. Jasper Milvain is a young writer of…

He Knew He Was Right

When Louis Trevelyan’s young wife meets an old family acquaintance, his unreasonable jealousy of their friendship sparks a quarrel that leads to a brutal and tragic estrangement. Often considered to be his masterpiece, Anthony Trollope’s 1869 novel explores the themes of marriage, love, and the rights of women in 19th-century England. With a cast of…