George Gissing: A Critical Study

George Gissing: A Critical Study

George Gissing: A Critical Study

George Gissing: A Critical Study

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This is a new edition of a book first published in 1912, and I think it necessary that the fact should immediately be stated because a number of opinions are voiced in the course of the book which if I were writing such a study now for the first time I might express differently. Nevertheless, I have been carefully through a set of sheets of the first edition, and when they seemed imperative in the circumstances I have made some revisions. These in general have tended in one direction, although most of them have been elucidatory. The truth is that it is extremely difficult to read through the works of a single, fairly prolific, novelist of marked temperament without coming into personal collision with that novelist. At least, it is difficult for me to do so. I start with the utmost candour, and I conclude with what seems to me at the time to be equal candour. But in retrospect I perceive that the journey has been a long and rather tiring one, and that while a single adverse comment may be the outcome of unbiased judgment, repeated adverse comments must be sparingly made if they are not to emphasise the critic's . . .

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