GOOD Books about Journalistic Scandals

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GOOD Books about Journalistic Scandals

by Kat Fatland

July 21, 2011

New Grub Street
By George Gissing
559 pages. Broadview Press. $18.95

New Grub Street was first published more than a century ago but the storyline remains ageless. The novel follows two characters: Edwin Reardon, the honest-to-a-fault writer who struggles to make an impact on the literary world while keeping his integrity, and Jasper Milvain, a cynical, money-driven journalist who is all too happy to cater to the masses who desire nothing but fluff. “Writing is a business," he proclaims. In the end, the ultimate question is one that writers from every era can sympathize with: Which is better, sticking to artistic integrity, or catering to the crowds for a better chance at profit­?

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