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Letter from George Gissing to Nelly. He writes of education: It is unfortunately true that the real education of most people has to begin when they leave school.... I rather think that I owe very little of my culture - in the true sense of the word - to my formal teachers; though it is doubtless true that they turned up & fertilised the soil for further use. He discusses various other topics, including holidays, Fountains Abbey and home-made jam.

Dated at 17 Oakley Crescent, Chelsea, [London] S.W.


Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume two, 1881-1885 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), pp. 151-2.