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1st Edition

The Widow and Wedlock Novels of Frances Trollope

ISBN 9781848930797
Published May 1, 2011 by Routledge
1760 Pages

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Book Description

The writings of Frances Trollope have been subject to increasing academic interest in recent years, and are now widely studied. This four-volume set includes scholarly editions of her four novels, in which her comical, yet subversive, treatment of Victorian marriage is an interesting contrast to some of the more earnest but conventional fiction of the time.

At the time of their reception all four novels were considered to be the most hilarious and beloved of Trollope’s works. In their satire of Victorian marriage, they challenged and complicated the normative practices of getting married, being married, and getting married again. Trollope’s creation of strong, independent, older women is an antidote to other Victorian novelists’ portrayal of widows and spinsters, and her novels challenge our understanding of the characteristics of the novels of the 1830s and 1840s, especially in their depiction of Victorian gender dynamics as well as their influence on succeeding novels.

Table of Contents

Volume 1

General Introduction by Brenda Ayres

The Widow Barnaby (1839)

Edited by Ann-Barbara Graff

Introduction by Ann-Barbara Graff

Volume 2

The Widow Married; A Sequel to the Widow Barnaby (1840)

Edited by Abigail Burnham Bloom

Introduction by Abigail Burnham Bloom

Volume 3

The Barnabys in America; or, Adventures of the Widow Wedded (1843)

Edited by Tamara S. Wagner

Introduction by Tamara S. Wagner

Volume 4

The Lottery of Marriage (1849)

Edited by Elsie B. Michie

Introduction by Elsie B. Michie

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