George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English writer whose works belonged to the literary movement of naturalism. In his books George Gissing revealed the social topics and depicted the life of lower classes of the English society. His main characters often were poor people, drifters and prostitutes who struggled to survive. Gissing tried to understand those people's feelings but at the same time he couldn't conceal his disgust towards them. Eventually it led to his attempts to escape from the controversies of reality through writing books set in ancient times.
'A Poor Gentleman' is a short story first published as a part of a collection book 'The House Of Cobwebs And Other Stories' in 1906. The central figure of the story is Mr. Tymperley who used to live somewhere in the country having there the complete peace of mind and tranquility. But now he is said to live somewhere in London's ghetto and work hard. What has forced him to do so? What secrets does he keep? Read this brilliant story and you will know!