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Record 21294

Reading Experience:

'Now [after 1890] he [Gissing] read books that seemed to have had a direct impact on his development, turning him away from working-class subjects (to which he never returned) and making him more interested in the nihilistic or purely intellectual attitudes of his characters than in those of them who had a Walter Egremont type of social conscience. Thus, he re-read Bourget, on [his friend] Bertz's recommendation looked at J.P. Jacobsen's "Niels Lyhne" and "Marie Grube", reread Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons" (for the seventh time), reread Dostoevski, whom he recomended to his brother but disliked himself, once again mulled over Hardy's "The Woodlanders" and "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (he later said that "Jude" was poor stuff by comparison with these), and began to ponder Ibsen, starting with "Hedda Gabler".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: From: 1 Jan 1890
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:George Gissing
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Nov 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: author
Religion: none
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Ivan Turgenev
Title: Fathers and Sons
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21294  
Source - Print  
  Author: Michael Collie
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Alien Art. A Critical Study of George Gissing's Novels
  Place of Publication: Folkestone
  Date of Publication: 1979
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 137
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Michael Collie, The Alien Art. A Critical Study of George Gissing's Novels (Folkestone, 1979), p. 137,, accessed: 22 February 2024

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