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.
Kept in the Darkby Anthony Trollope
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KEPT IN THE DARK gives us a lean, psychological portrait of the destructive effect of past secrets on a marriage. The husband is George Western, self-willed and fatally proud. His wife, Cecilia, possesses a complicated mixture of pride and submissiveness that leads her inexorably to deceit. These difficulties are compounded by hypocritical friends and the reappearance of Cecilia's egotistical former suitor, Sir Francis Geraldine. KEPT IN THE DARK is one of the finest examples of Trollope's mastery of the Victorian novel.
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