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Letter from George Gissing to Nelly. He writes of his own work: "Last night I finished Vol. 1 of my new novel. The end of it has cost me a great deal of labour, & I shall probably have to re-write some pages. But I must on with Vol 2. & try to finish it by the end of this month or so. I shall then try new publishers; Chapman seems impossible." Gissing was working at this time on A Life's Morning (London: Smith, Elder, 1888). He goes on: "I have on hand George Meredith's Evan Harrington. Chapman is pub[lishin]g a new 1-vol. edition of M's works; I have read most of them, & shall now go through them again. It is amazing that such a man is so neglected."

Gissing's last novel to be published by Chapman & Hall was Isabel Clarendon in 1886; Meredith read this novel for Chapman & Hall.

Dated at 7K [Cornwall Residences, Regent's Park, London N.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. 353-4.