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.
Dr. Wortle's Schoolby Anthony Trollope
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.