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About the Author
Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815- 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.
Simon Dentith is a former President of the British Association for Victorian Studies, and he has published widely on nineteenth-century topics. He is the editor of Trollope's Phineas Finn in Oxford World's Classics, and his books include Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2006).
Table of ContentsDoctor Thorne is the third of the six highly popular Chronicles of Barsetshire
In many ways Doctor Thorne is Trollope's ideal character - human, reticent, stern and honourable. He has the strength to stand up to the destructive prejudices and fears of mid-Victorian society but at the same time does not abandon its traditional values.
Doctor Thorne is about the problem of an unsuitable marriage. Shall young Frank Gresham, heir to a great impoverished estate, marry the penniless Mary Thorne? Shall Doctor Thorne, her uncle, disclose that she may herself become heiress to a huge fortune? In the anxieties of honest people who behave without heroics; in the gentle satire with which great persons are described; and in the pleasant humour which pervades the book, Trollope reveals the subtlety which is so characteristic of his novels.