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The private papers of Henry Ryecroft

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For more than a week my pen has lain untouched. I have written nothing for seven whole days- not even a letter. (Excerpt)
Paperback, 6 pages
Published January 28th 1982 by Harvester Press (first published 1902)
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Apr 22, 2011 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Ouyang Yu (references it in The English Class)
The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft purports to be the papers of a recently-deceased writer; aspects of it are autobiographical. The narrator who is tidying up his dead friend’s estate wonders why the hack writer had never written the novel he wanted to, and thinks it might be because ‘Ryecroft’ could not decide on the form.

'I imagine him shrinking from the thought of a first-person volume; he would feel it too pretentious; he would bid himself wait for the day of riper wisdom'. (The Private P
Slow, collection of essays
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George Robert Gissing was an English novelist who published twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. From his early naturalistic works, he developed into one of the most accomplished realists of the late-Victorian era.
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