Anthony Trollope

Melissa Raines

in Victorian Literature

ISBN: 9780199799558
Published online March 2011 | | DOI:
Anthony Trollope

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Anthony Trollope (b. 24 April 1815–d. 6 December 1882) was a successful Victorian novelist and one of the most prolific writers of his time. His most famous works are his six Barsetshire novels, published between 1855 and 1867, and his six Palliser novels, published between 1864 and 1880. He wrote forty-seven novels in total, addressing many of the vital social and political issues of the 19th century. He is particularly known for his creation of intricate fictional communities, his vivid, socially driven characterization, and his use of a language that clearly and simply transfers his realistic vision to the reader. He also wrote short stories, literary reviews, and travel essays, as well as other nonfiction. His own detailed description of the regimented writing process that allowed for his amazing productivity actually did much to disparage views of the artistry of his work in the decades after his death. His almost mechanical approach to writing was, however, accompanied by intensely imaginative preparatory periods that, by Trollope’s own admission, began as escapism for him when he was a troubled adolescent and young man. These methods are now seen as fundamental to his style of realism. His literary reputation survived its initial dip in popularity, and scholarly interest in the novelist reached something of a peak between the mid-1970s and mid-1990s. His complex attitudes toward such questions as those of women’s place in society and female sexuality, as well as the relationship between Britain and Ireland—the country where he lived and worked as a young man and the subject of five of his novels—have become important areas of current scholarly focus.

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