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.
"The House of Cobwebs" consists of some stories, including the title story. Each story is focused on a main hero and plunged the heroes in the different adventures that allow to a reader to understand the person of the story. While the reader may be led to expect a dramatic resolution, Gissing's stories sometimesjust come to a halt – his stories had an unpredictable, a nonlinear plot. The stories were well-written, realistic and gave to a reader some food for thought. In "The House of Cobwebs" Gissing for the most part explores his pessimistic themes. The characters in these stories were better off in the end, materially or emotionally than they were at the beginning.