The Unclassed

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The Unclassed
Title Page of the First Edition of The Unclassed.jpg
Title page of the first edition of The Unclassed.
Author George Gissing
Country England
Language English
Publisher Chapman & Hall
Publication date

The Unclassed is a novel by the English author George Gissing.[1] It was written during 1883 but revised, at the publisher's insistence, in February 1884 and shortly before publication.[2]

It tells the story of a young, educated man, Osmond Waymark, who survives by teaching. He answers a magazine advertisement, placed by Julian Casti – a half-Italian who had felt himself to be rejected by society – for companionship and the two strike up a serious and deep friendship.


  1. ^ John Sutherland (1990) [1989]. "The Unclassed". The Stanford Companion to Victorian Literature. p. 645. 
  2. ^ Wolff, Joseph J. (1953). "Gissing's Revision of 'The Unclassed'," Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. VIII, No. 1, pp. 42–52.

Further reading[edit]

  • Harsh, Constance D. (1992). "Gissing's the Unclassed and the Perils of Naturalism," ELH, Vol. LIX, No. 4, pp. 911–938.
  • Korg, Jacob (1963). George Gissing: A Critical Biography. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  • Matz, B.W. (1909). "George Meredith as Publisher's Reader," Fortnightly Review, Vol. LXXXVI, pp. 282–298.

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