Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.
Dr. Wortle's Schoolby Anthony Trollope, Mick Imlah (Introduction)
In the wonderful clarity of its narrative line and thematic focus, Dr. Wortle's School, rarely reprinted since its original publication in 1880, remains one of the most readable, compelling, and fascinating of Trollope's forty-seven novels-and indisputably one of his finest.
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Trollope is always a delight to read! His characters are well-drawn -- each with many virtues and usually with many small vices. He is also a master at delineating Victorian morals and manners -- and in this case (as in many others) showing not only hypocrisy but something worse: confusing conventional morality with morality. The story moves swiftly, but not without witty and emotional diversions.