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The Odd Women

George Gissing

"The Odd Women" by George Gissing is a compelling novel set in overdue Victorian England, exploring the struggles and societal constraints faced via single ladies in a patriarchal society. The narrative revolves across the lives of several "odd ladies," single and financially unbiased ladies who defy traditional gender roles. Gissing skillfully depicts the demanding situations those women come upon as they navigate the constrained opportunities available to them, from precarious employment to societal stigma. The protagonist, Rhoda Nunn, emerges as a symbol of independence and resilience, advocating for ladies's rights and self-dedication. Through Rhoda's stories and people of her peers, Gissing highlights the injustices and double standards inherent in Victorian society, particularly concerning gender and marriage. The novel serves as a poignant observation on the repute of girls inside the overdue 19th century, dropping light on problems together with financial dependence, marriage expectancies, and the war for autonomy. Despite the societal pressures and boundaries, they face, the "strange women" in Gissing's novel attempt to carve out meaningful lives on their own phrases, hard traditional norms and affirming their proper to independence and fulfillment.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publish Date: Feb 1st, 2024
  • Pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.81in - 1.01lb
  • EAN: 9789361425059
  • Categories: Classics

About the Author

Gissing, George: - Gissing was born on November 22, 1857, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the eldest of five children to Thomas Waller Gissing, a chemist, and Margaret. His siblings included William, who died at the age of twenty, Algernon, who later became a writer, Margaret, and Ellen. The Gissing Trust maintains his childhood house in Thompson's Yard, Wakefield. Gissing attended Back Lane School in Wakefield, where he excelled academically. His real interest in reading began when he was ten years old, when he read Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, and it expanded over time, thanks to his father's encouragement and the family library. Juvenilia written at this time was published in 1995 as The Poetry of George Gissing. After returning to England, Gissing and Nell lived in London, where he wrote novels and worked as a private instructor. When his debut novel, Workers in the Dawn, was rejected by a publisher, he self-published it using funds from an inheritance. Gissing married Nell on October 27, 1879. Their marriage was marred by poverty, and they were frequently separated while Nell was in the hospital due to ill health. Morley Roberts, a fellow novelist and Owens College alumni, published The Private Life of Henry Maitland, a novel inspired by Gissing's life, in 1912. He was acquaintances with Eduard Bertz, a German socialist whom he met in 1879.