The Eustace Diamonds

The Eustace Diamonds

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by Anthony Trollope, Blair Hughes-Stanton
     
 

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The central plot of The Eustace Diamonds (1872) involves the theft and ultimate discovery of a diamond necklace - the Eustace family heirloom. A splendid sense of the absurd permeates the novel and allows Trollope to examine "truth" in may contexts and at many levels of seriousness. Lizzie's unscrupulous lies do not prevent her final exposure, and it is, as…  See more details below

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The central plot of The Eustace Diamonds (1872) involves the theft and ultimate discovery of a diamond necklace - the Eustace family heirloom. A splendid sense of the absurd permeates the novel and allows Trollope to examine "truth" in may contexts and at many levels of seriousness. Lizzie's unscrupulous lies do not prevent her final exposure, and it is, as Stephen Gill says in his Introduction, "this honesty, this clarity of vision that places Trollope with the greatest social novelists of the nineteenth century, with Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot."

In spite of its prevailing comedy, this rich and subtle novel reveals a sombre vision of the world, representing the mature Trollope's growing feelings about class structure and social change in England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195208979
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/30/1991
Series:
Palliser Series, #3
Pages:
830
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.76(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Stephen Gill is a professor of English literature at Oxford University, a fellow of Lincoln College, and editor of Selected Poems by William Wordsworth.

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.

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