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Anthony Trollope

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In this lively, affectionate, and compellingly readable biography, Victoria Glendinning, the greatly admired literary biographer (of Rebecca West, Vita Sackville-West, Edith Sitwell, and Elizabeth Bowen), gives us for the first time a woman's intuitive view of Anthony Trollope. She brings to her story of this legendary writer a fresh emphasis on family, particularly on Tro ...more
Hardcover, 551 pages
Published October 18th 1994 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1992)
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Vicky
An excellent and entertaining biography. There are a few things I learned about Trollope that I'd rather not have known -- his passion for fox-hunting, for example, which is inexplicable and inexcusable. But in general the biography made me want to read more of his novels. And there are plenty of them to read! What demons of productivity those Victorians were.
Brenda Clough
A wonderful biography of a less-well-known Victorian author. The field tends to be dominated by Dickens, and there have been some real tree-killers written about him. Trollope was unhappy in different ways, and it's actually more interesting.
Christopher Sutch
This biography offers much in the way of describing everyday Victorian life and manners, but Glendinning's methodology for uncovering the "real" Anthony Trollope--reading his life from his fiction--is questionable at best, and useless at worst (several times she says the equivalent of, "I can't prove this incident in his novel actually happened to Trollope himself, but I know it did"). It does make me look forward to reading Trollope's novels, though.
Sarah Harkness
Very well written, I love the way she uses excerpts from the novels to explore the characters she is writing about. Somehow Trollope seems much larger, louder and rougher than I imagined - how does someone who lived that life write so beautifully about women? although, obviously, Lily Dale is very annoying!
"He was honest and true. But in the virtual reality of his fiction, he was a free man.'
Malini Sridharan
Gives insight into the period and some other interesting characters as it tells the story of Anthony Trollope. It also functions as a spotty history of the British post. Many quotes from his fiction are used to elaborate on his views and moods. The one drawback is that Glendinning jumps around in time occasionally, which can be confusing.
Mary Jane
AN Excellent biography
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British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. She is President of English PEN, a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was awarded a CBE in 1998 and is Vice-president of the Royal Society of Literature.

Glendinning read modern languages at Oxford and and worked as a teacher and social worker before becoming an editorial assistant for the Times Literary Supplement in 1974.

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