Orwell and Gissing

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This in-depth study reveals that Orwell drew heavily on the Gissing novels he admired in shaping his own. Gissing's New Grub Street and The Odd Women directly influenced Orwell's Depression-era novels Keep the Aspidistra Flying and A Clergyman's Daughter. Even Orwell's most imaginative work, Animal Farm, mirrors Gissing's own novel of a failed Socialist Utopia, Demos. Gissing was Orwell's role model and alter ego. Gissing provided him with a touchstone to his beliefs, his pessimism, his love of Dickens and cozy ...
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Overview

This in-depth study reveals that Orwell drew heavily on the Gissing novels he admired in shaping his own. Gissing's New Grub Street and The Odd Women directly influenced Orwell's Depression-era novels Keep the Aspidistra Flying and A Clergyman's Daughter. Even Orwell's most imaginative work, Animal Farm, mirrors Gissing's own novel of a failed Socialist Utopia, Demos. Gissing was Orwell's role model and alter ego. Gissing provided him with a touchstone to his beliefs, his pessimism, his love of Dickens and cozy corners, his suspicion of "progress," his restless sexuality. To understand Orwell fully, one must first read Gissing.
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Explores the considerable influence of novelist George Gissing (1857- 1903) on compatriot British writer George Orwell (1903-50). Finds antecedents for "Keep the Aspidstra Flying" and "A Clergyman's Daughter" in "New Grub Street" and "The Odd Woman", for "Animal Farm" in "Demos"; and other pairs. Also points out their common love of Dickens. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Born Exiles 9
3 Dickens: The Heritage 27
4 Art and Cash: Keep the Aspidistra Flying and New Grub Street 39
5 The Woman Business 53
6 The Ragged Regiment: A Clergyman's Daughter and the Odd Women 69
7 Doomed Utopias: Animal Farm and Demos 83
8 Leaves of Grass 97
9 Conclusion 115
Bibliography 119
Index 123
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