Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (22 November); his father, Thomas|
Gissing is a pharmacist, who dies when George is 13.
Wins scholarship to Owens College, Manchester; a Multiple prize-|
winner, clearly destined for a successful academic career.
Meets prostitute Marianne Helen ('Nell') Harrison (31 May);|
caught stealing money in college to further plan to save Nell from
prostitution; expelled and stripped of honours, he serves one
month's imprisonment; sails for America (September), where he
supports himself by teaching and, latterly, short-story writing.
Returns to England (October) and begins life in London; lives with|
Nell Harrison; publishes short stories written in America and
begins first novel, unpublished.
Having come of age he receives £300 from his aunt's estate; marries|
Nell (27 October); finishes Workers in the Dawn.
|1880|| Workers in the Dawn published; gets to know leading positivist|
Frederic Harrison and for four years tutors his sons.
Separates from wife, now alcoholic; rejects positivism and writes|
essay, 'The Hope of Pessimism', much influenced by
Publication of The Unclassed (June) marks real beginning of his|
career as a novelist.
|1886|| Demos published to generally favourable reviews, but he is living in|
constant poverty; manages first visit to France; Isabel Clarendon
Death of Nell (February); A Life's Morning published; visits Italy|
for first time and is overwhelmed.
|1889||The Nether World published; visits Greece.|
|1890||Meets Edith Underwood (September); The Emancipated published.|
Marries Edith (25 February); moves to Exeter; New Grub Street|
published (April), to acclaim; son Walter born (10 December).
|1892||Denzil Quarrier and Born in Exile published.|
|1893||Returns to London (June); The Odd Women published.|
|1894||Moves to Epsom (September); In the Year of Jubilee published;|