New Grub Street - Gissing
New Grub Street is a novel written by George Gissing in 1891. The title of the novel refers to the complicated vicissitudes and love, but also ironic, involving the protagonists.
In fact, Grub Street is the street name invented by Alexander Pope in his satire of the literary world and which has since described the environment in which unfolded the dark and thankless job of an army of scribblers forced to make ends meet.
Through an ironic, Gissing portrays a diverse and heterogeneous group of novelists, journalists and scholars during the Cultural and literary crisis in the late nineteenth century, when the new forms of communication and a more popular journalism are beginning to influence the public taste and on the intellectual works: it is a period of real publishing crisis.
The novel is set in an era when publishing was just a way to make money for most people; it was very common that writers mercificassero their content, writing just to sell and not a passion. However, in this hypocritical environment (we are in the Victorian era), there are still those at the cost of life and happiness persists in wanting to write what he likes and not what the public wants.