Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Though George Gissing will be remembered primarily as a novelist, he tried his hand at a variety of literary projects. In the 1890’s especially, he found it profitable to write short stories; these were generally published in periodicals, but one volume—Human Odds and Ends (1897)—was published during his lifetime. Many of his other short stories, some from his early contributions to Chicago newspapers, have since been collected: The House of Cobwebs (1906), Sins of the Fathers (1924), A Victim of Circumstances (1927), and Brownie (1931). Gissing also wrote essays for a number of periodicals. Notes on Social Democracy (1968, with an introduction by Jacob Korg), reprints three articles he wrote for the Pall Mall Gazette in 1880. George Gissing: Essays and Fiction (1970) prints nine prose works published for the first time. Late in his life, Gissing published Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1898) and By the Ionian Sea (1901), his “notes of a ramble in southern Italy.”