George Gissing | Critical Essay by Elsie B. Adams

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of George Gissing.
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SOURCE: “Gissing's Allegorical ‘House of Cobwebs,’” in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. VII, No. 2, Spring, 1970, pp. 324-26.

In the following essay, Adams deems Gissing's short story “The House of Cobwebs” as an allegory depicting the fate of the artist in society.

Literary critics class George Gissing most frequently with the realistic-naturalistic writers of the late nineteenth century. However, as Wendell V. Harris has noted in “An Approach to Gissing's Short Stories,” Gissing's stories lack “the omnipresent greyness and bitterness of tone” usually attributed to late nineteenth-century realistic fiction and contain instead warmth of tone, humorous touches, and subtle character portraiture.1 These characteristics are especially notable in Gissing's short story “The House of Cobwebs,” which Mr. Harris finds typical of Gissing's best work...

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