Will Warburton

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Will Warburton
Title page of the first edition of Will Warburton.jpg
Title page of the first edition
Author George Gissing
Country England
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Archibald Constable & Co.
Publication date
Pages 333

Will Warburton: A Romance of Real Life was George Gissing's last novel. It was published in 1905, two years after Gissing's death.

Plot summary[edit]

Will Warburton is a young gentleman of means, a man of commerce, who, losing everything in speculation, is forced into the life of a grocer,[1] a thing he finds, at first, enormously tragic.

Will keeps his fate secret from his friends and his family and lives a life of humiliation and privation. It is only when the woman with whom he is falling in love discovers he is a grocer, and throws him over, that Will realizes that there is no shame in being a grocer.


  1. ^ Adcock, A. St. John (1905). "Gissing's Last Novel," The Bookman, Vol. XXVIII, No. 167, p. 162.

Further reading[edit]

  • Halperin, John (1985). Introduction to Will Warburton. London: Hogarth Press.
  • Partridge, Colin (1981). Introduction to Will Warburton. Brighton, Sussex: The Harvester Press.

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