The Crown of Life
by George Gissing
Publisher: Methuen & Co. 1899
Number of pages: 347
In this novel, a struggling young man sets his mind, quite arbitrarily, on gaining one particular woman's affection. It looks like mission impossible, for social reasons, but he doesn't give up and keeps dreaming and trying for years. The target woman was a tease when they met, while the man was a spineless nobody.
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by George Gissing - Chapman and Hall
A charming social satire about Dyce Lashmar, a young Oxford educated man with no discernible talents, but an unwavering confidence in his own abilities. This book is a rarity even to Gissing's admirers. The book was written late in the author's life.
by George Gissing - Dodd, Mead and company
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