A novel by Gissing, published 1891.
In this work Gissing depicts the struggle for life, the jealousies, and intrigues of the literary world of his time, and the blighting effect of poverty on artistic endeavour. It contrasts the careers of the facile, clever, and unscrupulous Jasper Milvain with that of the struggling writer Edwin Reardon, who is driven to an early grave by failure and his wife's desertion. Jasper marries Edwin's widow, and self‐advertisement triumphs over artistic conscience.
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