First published in 1968, this book sets out to refute the idea of Trollope as a ‘mild cathedral-town novelist, describing storms in ecclesiastical tea cups’ which prevailed at the time in spite of his stature during his lifetime. The author reveals the full strength and range of Trollope’s achievement and provides an excellent introduction to further exploration of the novels. Two sections — ‘Narrative Method’ and ‘Subject-Matter’ — are used as the basis from which the author examines key themes in Trollope’s work, with instructive extracts from the novels included to illustrate these points and upon which commentary is provided. This book will be of interest to students of literature.
Table of Contents
Anthony Trollope: His Life and Works; Life and reputation Works; Scheme of Extracts; Part One: Narrative Method; The World of the Novel and the Real World 1. The Warden, ch. i 2 The Last Chronicle of Barset, ch. lxxxiv; Convention and Realism 3 Ayala’s Angel, ch. lxiv 4 The Duke’s Children, ch. xi; ‘Full Confidence’ Between Audience and Reader 5 Dr. Wortle’s School, ch. iii; The Character Sketch 6 The Vicar of Bullhampton, ch. xxxiii; Conversation, Description and Authorial Commentary 7 The Claverings, ch. xxi; The Crowd Scene 8 Can You Forgive Her? Ch. 1; Part Two: Subject-Matter; Love: The Heroine 9 Framley Parsonage, ch. xxvi; Marriage Without Love 10 The Small house at Allington, ch. xlviii; The Clergy: Sacred 11 The Last Chronicle of Barset, ch. lxxxi; The Clergy: Profane 12 Barchester Towers, ch. xxxi; Politics 13 Phineas Redux, ch. xxxiii; Big Business 14 The Way We Live Now, ch. liv; Satire of Rank 15 Barchester Towers, ch. xxxvii; ‘Low Life’ 16 Rachel Ray, ch. vi; The Rogue Heroine 17 The Eustace Diamonds, ch. xxi; Violence 19 Phineas Redux, ch. xxiii; Tragedy 20 He Knew He Was Right, ch. lxxxiv; Bibliography