George Gissing, Lost Stories From America. Five Signed Stories Never Before Reprinted, a Sixth Signed Story and Seven Recent Attributions
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This volume makes available to scholars and libraries the inaccessible works of Gissing's earliest period, along with information about his Chicago exile. An extended introduction is followed by eleven stories, each accompanied by a separate commentary.
"The book is most welcome. . . . the clever and vivid reconstruction covers some areas that even the most optimistic scholars dared not hope might be explored with profit. . . . a valuable addition to the Gissing corpus and, like George Gissing: Essays and Fiction, a first edition in its own right. No serious student of his work can afford to overlook either the new texts it contains nor the biographical and critical analysis of the man and his work in his heroic Chicago period." - Pierre Coustillas
". . . Professor Selig has reconstructed the scenes Gissing moved in and provided colorful portraits of the personalities he encountered. His introduction amounts to an exceptionally detailed biographical narrative of Gissing's life from his college days to the time he returned to England. The new facts and the newly-discovered stories provide valuable insights into his state of mind at the time." - Jacob Korg
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