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The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft Friend To Henry James And H.G Wells, And Considered By Some In A League With Thomas Hardy, British Novelist GEORGE ROBERT GISSING 1857 1903 Nevertheless Remains Uncelebrated Today But His Works Were Popular And Well Loved In His Time.The Private Papers Of Henry Ryecroft, Perhaps The Most Successful Of His 23 Novels, Is Gissing S Semiautobiographical Tale Of The Struggles Of A Poor Writer Realistic And Unsentimental, This Little Remembered But Thoroughly Enthralling Novel Will Delight Fans Of Victorian Literature.

  • Paperback
  • 211 pages
  • The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft
  • George Gissing
  • English
  • 01 February 2017
  • 9780192817495

About the Author: George Gissing

George Robert Gissing was an English novelist who published twenty three novels between 1880 and 1903 From his early naturalistic works, he developed into one of the most accomplished realists of the late Victorian era.



10 thoughts on “The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

  1. says:

    This is definitely fiction, but the line between George Gissing and his Henry Ryecroft is perhaps a bit blurred Ryecroft was a writer, but is now retired, having received an unexpected small inheritance Gissing opens the volume with a preface outlining how, upon the death of his friend Ryecroft, he was called upon to go through his things, which included some writings over the last few years of his life This little volume consists of the mental wanderings and reminiscences of the fictitious Ryecroft.This was mostly a slog And so it surprises me to find I highlighted quite a few sentences paragraphs than is usual for me Ryecroft liked to walk and observed nature He occasionally waxed philosophical He made observations on the English character He was also a reader.Sacrifice in no drawing room sense of the word Dozens of my books were purchased with money which ought to have been spent upon what are called the necessaries of life Many a time I have stood before a stall, or a bookseller s window, torn by conflict of intellectual desire and bodily need At the very hour of dinner, when my stomach clamoured for food, I have been stopped by sight of a volume so long coveted, and marked at so advantageous a price, that I could not let it go yet to buy it meant pangs of famine.I never went so far as to sacrifice my stomach But I have shelves of books yet unread that I must not have truly needed at the moment of purchase Surely they represent things t...

  2. says:

    The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft purports to be the papers of a recently deceased writer aspects of it are autobiographical The narrator who is tidying up his dead friend s estate wonders why the hack writer had never written the novel he wanted to, and thinks it might be because Ryecroft could not decide on the form I imagine him shrinking from the thought of a first person volume he would feel it too pretentious he would bid himself wait for the day of riper wisdom The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft Kindle edition What the paper...

  3. says:

    Henry Ryecroft The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft 1903 was once the most widely read work of the English novelist George Gissing 1857 1903 It was Gissing s own favorite among his works The book appeared in the year of Gissing s death Gissing lived a difficult life which became the basis for much of his over 20 novels As a youth, he was expelled from an exclusive school and imprisoned for stealing to support a prostitute, with whom he subsequently made an unhappy marriage He lived in squalor for many years in the garrets of London while writing prolifically His early novels deal with the urban poor while the latter books include a broader spectrum of characters as Gissing s own situation improved He writes of the commodification of art and of the difficulty of achieving personal autonomy in a commercial culture and in a state of poverty Today, Gissing s most famous work is New Grub Street , a pessimistic story of London literary life.Many readers see Ryecroft as at least partially autobiographical The book is cast in an unusual form It opens with a Preface by Gissing himself G.G which gives the outline of the life of his fictional protagonist For twenty years, Gissing tells the reader, Ryecroft had labored in obscurity in the poor quarters of London attempting to made a living by his pen At the age of 50, Ryecr...

  4. says:

    Actually 1 2 someone remembering Trollope can t write worse than that Still I have to understand what he finds in British Cusine

  5. says:

    This is an interesting read on many levels Is it a epistolary recap of the aging George Gissing is it purely a work of fiction by Gissing or is a combination of both, akin to Goethe s Young Werther Gissing s other novel New Grub Street on my to read list was not as popular as this work So this little volume touched a nerve in happy days of Fin de Siecle pre war Britain of 1903 I know too little to make a judgement if this is autobiographic or not, however he passed away in late 1903 after this was published, I must conclude that a great deal of author must be in these pages.One sees a certain frustration at Ryecroft s elbow and it spills over regularly when he gets carried away on Englishness and on how Continentals really don t understand the soul of the Englishman More often this bitterness reflects on his life what appears for most of his adult life of penury So apart from these odd ramblings I loved the cosiness of his surroundings after what appears to have been a challenging life He explains that he now lives comfortably in his warm cottage in an idyllic rural landscape without the worry of where the next meal may come from He doesn t go into great detail of his former existence but it is never far from his mind His library provide a constant sustenance for his life that you can almost smell the books wonderful must I love the thoughtful sections when the reader with a pulse must take joy in his happy circumstances of late life that has som...

  6. says:

    Really enjoyable and lighter than some of the other novels by this writer Very heavy on irony close to sarcasm Sometimes it seemed like a cross between The Diary of a Nobody and Ed Reardon s Week The radio comedy inspired by New Grub Street At other ...

  7. says:

    I have just finished reading The private papers of Henry Ryecroft 1903 Delightful use of language Poor old Gissing was profoundly depressed he is at his best when he describes how miserable he has been And even when he s happy he worries that it probably won t last He also had no use for other human beings When I was reading it I thought Remeron an antidepressant would have helped His life other than his writings is an unmitigated disaster.In the Foreword, Cecil Chisholm volunteers He was one of the bridges between the old ample three volume novel of plot and grandiloquence of Bulmer Lytton, and the freshly observed, loosely constructed psychological novels of our own time Here and there Gissing himself did some modest pioneering on both the realistic and psychological novel Soon after, however, others were doing things far better.Somerset Maugham bettered all Gissing s earnest novels of working class life..the writer s Of human bondage comes closer to the agonies of an ill mated co...

  8. says:

    Don t think of this as a novel but as a collection of personal essays by a fictional character I really liked the first half of the book and then it got dull Though I found the pieces on English cooking funny if the food is good, he says, it doesn t need sauce Still, all through I copied passages many of which made me nod to myself some of these I ve shared below In those days money represented nothing to me, nothing I cared to think about, but the acquisition of books I cannot preserve than a few fragments of what I read, yet read I shall, persistently, rejoicingly Would I gather erudition for a future life Indeed, it no longer troubles me that I forget I have the happiness of the passing moment, and what can mortal ask With a lifetime of dread experience behind me, I say that he who encourages any young man or woman to look for his living to literature, commits no less than a crime No, the publi...

  9. says:

    Slow, collection of essays

  10. says:

    I kept finding myself copying quotes and sending them to friends I will have to get a copy for myself The 1915 publication I read had great paper A real joy to read.

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