by George Gissing
Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co. 1886
Number of pages: 291
It tells the story of a young, lower-class, Radical working-man, Richard Mutimer, who unexpectedly inherits a large fortune. He becomes the leader of a socialist movement and decides to use his inheritance to set up a cooperative factory. However, his new wealth and power serve to highlight the defects of character that he brings from his working-class origin and he begins to treat his workers harshly...
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by George Gissing - Remington
In this powerful and largely autobiographical first novel George Gissing establishes the hallmarks of his life-long literary obsession with class, money and sex. He explores the daunting challenges that face men of education, intelligence and talent.
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