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Barchester Towers (1857) is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire, the work in which, after a ten years' apprenticeship, Trollope finally found his distinctive voice. In this his most popular novel, the chronicler continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, begun in The Warden, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of 'progress' Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. Love, mammon, clerical in-fighting and promotion again figure ...
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Barchester Towers (1857) is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire, the work in which, after a ten years' apprenticeship, Trollope finally found his distinctive voice. In this his most popular novel, the chronicler continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, begun in The Warden, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of 'progress' Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. Love, mammon, clerical in-fighting and promotion again figure prominently and comically, all centred on the magnificently imagined cathedral city of Barchester. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership over the last 140 years. For this new edition, John Sutherland has contributed an introduction and extensive notes, as well as a chronology of the novel's composition and current events, and a note on Trollopian names.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414215808
  • Publisher: IndyPublish
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Series: Chronicles of Barsetshire , #2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) started his writing career while working in Ireland as a postal surveyor. Travelling around the country, Trollope gained knowledge of the country and its people which proved to be useful material for his first two novels, The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847) and The Kellys and the O'Kellys (1848). Trollope soon started writing fiercely, producing a series entitled Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Warden, the first in the series, was published in 1855. Barchester Towers (1857), the comic masterpiece, Doctor Thorne (1858), Framley Parsonage (1861), The Small House at Allington (1864) and The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867) followed, portraying events in an imaginary English county of Barsetshire. In 1867, Trollope left the Post Office to run as a candidate for the Parliament. Having lost at the elections, Trollope focused on his writing. A satire from his later writing, The Way We Live Now (1875) is often viewed as Trollope's major work, however, his popularity and writing reputation diminished at the later stage of his life. Anthony Trollope died in London in 1882.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Surprising Good!!!!

    As a 52 year old accountant I'm enrolled in a one month class at my alma-mater entitled "Study in the Victorian Novel". We are required to read this book as one of four in a thirty day period. I was overwhelmed but this book went by so fast. The characters are so engaging, the story is interesting and the author is so amusing. I've already ordered other books by Trollope. I'm currently reading "Adam Bede" by George Eliot and it's not nearly as riveting. Don't be intimidated by this book - dive in!

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    Posted August 6, 2008

    Love this book!

    This is a great classic! Anthony Trollop has the amazing insignts into human nature and brings out characters which are so close to life. One can always relate to situations and personalities in real life. None of the characters in his story are absolutely good or bad, good ones are not perfect, bad ones have some endearing trait as well. The plot is also well structured and entertaining.

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    Posted February 13, 2013

    Boring.

    Too much talking and an overabundance of footnotes.

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