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Was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire on 22 November 1857, the son of a chemist who died young leaving five children in fairly straitened circumstances. He was a brilliant student who at the age of 15 won a scholarship to Owens College, Manchester. However, On the eve of his success, however, his life and prospects collapsed in ruins when he was caught stealing money from the students’ cloakroom. The money was for Nell Harrison, a young prostitute with whom Gissing was infatuated. He married her afterword – Gissing’s marriage was desperately unhappy: his wife was a drunkard and intermittently returned to prostitution; eventually he paid her to live apart from him. Gissing never knew wide fame or considerable prosperity. He was compelled to sell the copyright of his novels outright to publishers, which meant that even his occasional successes did him no good. Nevertheless, from 1884 onwards, he earned a modest if precarious living from novels and tutoring. For six years he lived alone, drawing inspiration, as he said sardonically, from his apartment’s proximity to the Marylebone workhouse. Domestic and other kinds of miseries seemed to feed Gissing’s genius. The novels of his middle period in the 1890s, some of which have been severely underrated, deal with the various levels of English middle class life (usually the lowest levels) and the social problems of the day. Gissing died at St Jean Pied de Port, on the Bay of Biscay, on 28 December 1903, leaving unfinished Veranilda, a feeble if scholarly story set in the Rome of the Dark Ages.

 

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Abdalhadi Alijla is a social and political scientist. From January 2020, he is based at the Orient Institute in Beirut (OIB) as Max Weber Stiftung postdoctoral fellow. Abdalhadi has a Ph.D. in political studies from the State University of Milan and an MA in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University-Friedrichshafen, Germany. He has been granted several awards and scholarships, including DAAD (2009), RLC Junior Scientist (2010), UNIMI (2012), ICCROM (2010), Saud al-Babtin (2002) among others. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Missing Virtue: Trust in Divided Societies (Bloomsbury Academics and I. B. Tauris UK). Abdalhadi is writing his first novel, and “The Son” is a chapter from this, his first literary work.

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Sonrisa is a workaholic from the Midwest of the USA. She fills her little free time with audiobooks and writing. 

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Stephanie Lewis is a Writer. Actress. North Carolina native. Dog and cat mom. 

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Maribeth Mundell is Music teacher, mom, avid belly dancer, Sarah Lawrence grad, Arial Lyra initiate, always looking for her next adventure!

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 Jeannean Walker is 63 and this is her first time writing. 

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Hilary Sigismondi was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mother of two and grandmom to one. Loves writing Flash stories and playing scrabble. Budding improv goddess.

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Sharon Roznik has been a storytelling journalist for more than 30 years.  She writes for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. She loves British Shorthair cats, NPR and researching her European roots. 
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