A Life's Morning
An early novel from George Gissing
Reprint, hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and blindstamped titling to upper board. 17.5 × 11.5cm, 348pp + ads.
Gissing's novel tells the story of a poor, yet cultivated, young woman, Emily Hood, from a small town in the north of England. While serving as a governess to a wealthy country family, she becomes enamored of her employer's son, Wilfrid Athel, and the two are engaged. However, during a visit to her parents' home, she is confronted by her father's employer, Dagworthy, who threatens to expose her father as a thief unless Emily marries him. The situation is resolved when Hood Sr. commits suicide to spare his family the shame of his deeds as he had, indeed, 'stolen' ten pounds from his employer. Emily rejects Wilfrid, partly out of sympathy for her father, but they meet again, many years later, and are married.
A good reading copy. The blue cloth is rubbed, the pages a little tanned but perfectly readable