The Paying Guest
by George Gissing
Publisher: Cassell 1895
Number of pages: 157
The Paying Guest is a satirical novella by George Gissing, first published in 1895 by Cassell. It recounts the experiences of the Mumfords, a middle-class family who invite a 'paying guest' into their home to supplement their income. Written in an unusually comic tone compared with Gissing's earlier works.
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