Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. Poor, ill-dressed, awkward, and sullen, he was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. In this book, Trollope looks back on his life with some satisfaction.
About 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.
Table of Contents
11. The Claverings, the Pall Mall Gazette, Nina Balatka, and Linda Tressel; 12. On novels and the art of writing them; 13. On English novelists of the present day; 14. On criticism; 15. The Last Chronicle of Barset - Leaving the Post Office - St Paul's Magazine; 16. Beverley; 17. The American postal treaty; 18. The Vicar of Bullhampton - Sir Harry Hotspur - An Editor's Tales - Caesar; 19. Ralph the Heir - The Eustace Diamonds - Lady Anna - Australia; 20. The Way We Live Now and The Prime Minister.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started reading and could not put it down. The story of his childhood is very sad and moving. His adolescence was also feckless and I was happy with him when he finally is happy in Ireland as a postal official. Even though I find it odd that Trollope gives first place to Thackeray and then to George Elliot and finally to Dickens. Trollope writes about his famous method of creating a novel, he wrote in the morning, so many words per minute. Also on the train. He looks at his novels with an objective eye, both praising and condemning plots and characters.