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Lady Anna

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  498 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Not a word had been heard in Keswick of the proposed return of the old lord -- for the Earl was now an old man -- past his sixtieth year, and in truth with as many signs of age as some men bear at eighty. The life which he had led no doubt had had its allurements, but it is one which hardly admits of a hale and happy evening. Men who make women a prey, prey also on themsel ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1874)
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Paul
Dec 24, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
2.5 stars
Oh dear Mr Trollope; what did you do with this one. I loved the Palliser and Barsetshire novels, but, well let me explain.
The plot is typical Trollope. Young woman marries dashing and handsome Earl against the advice of her family and becomes pregnant. The Earl turns out to be evil and lecherous and soon after the marriage he announces that he was already married and the marriage is therefore null and void; thus raising the spectre of illegitimacy. The Earl disappears off to be wicked i
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Jane
Jan 31, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Lady Anna’ was published in 1874 after, quite remarkably, Trollope wrote it from start to finish on a voyage to Australia.

He said:

“‘Lady Anna’ is the best thing I ever wrote! Very much! Quite far away above all others!”

I’m not sure that I agree with him, but I do understand why he thought that it was special, and I did like it very much.

“Lovel Grange is a small house, surrounded by a small domain,—small as being the residence of a rich nobleman, lying among the mountains which separate Cumberla
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Tristram
“But the Love of Which We Poets Sing Is Not the Love of Outer World.

It is more ecstatic, but far less serviceable. It is the picture of that which exists, but grand with imaginary attributes, as are the portraits of ladies painted by artists who have thought rather of their art than of their models.” This is, at least, what the unnamed poet who is asked for advice in the course of the novel has to say about the difference of love as sung about by poets and as experienced by people in the real wo
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(P)Ila
Jan 25, 2016 (P)Ila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al nostro secondo incontro non posso che confermare quanto Trollope fosse un ottimo scrittore nonché un grande intrattenitore. I suoi intrecci hanno una costante nell'aspetto giudiziario, forse nell'immaginario collettivo possono risultare ostici e spaventare il lettore ma non c'è niente di più lontano dalla verità perchè le trame create dall'autore inglese sono sempre verosimilmente originali e fresche.

Dicevo, un grande intrattenitore, certamente. Forse è l'aspetto che più apprezzo di Trollope
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Howard Olsen
Lady Anna

This is yet another novel by Anthony Trollope about a young woman of marrying age who is pressured to marry for wealth, while yearning for the love of a simpler man. Truth be told this is middling Trollope. There are about 20 of his books that are better than this. On the other hand, there are about 20 that are not as good, so if you are a Trollope devotee, this is still worth your while.

The basic story is dramatic. The countess Lovel married a sleazy earl for his title. After giving b
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Bette
Jan 19, 2011 Bette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is about the 12th Trollope novel I've read and it was the least impressive of them. While the basic idea is an interesting one, I was amazed at how repetitive the book was. The legal ins and outs of the law suit at the center of the book were repeated over and over, as were the arguments of the Countess, who tries to convince her daughter not to marry beneath her. I wonder if this repetition was due to the fact that Trollope serialized the novel. Maybe he worried readers might have missed p ...more
Robert J
Mar 02, 2014 Robert J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollope was such a great writer - one of the very best, and Lady Anna is chock full some of his most clear-eyed philosophical musings. His characters come alive as living breathing entities and the reader is entirely drawn into their world - and their thought-worlds. I think this is one of Trollope's best - and I am about half way through reading his entire library. The story is told without any false steps and it is fascinating to watch all the various charaacters' motives collide with each ot ...more
Cirtnecce
Lady Anna is the story of Anna Lovel, the daughter of Earl Lovel and Countess Lovel. The Countess had married the Earl despite his evil reputation, because of the his title and wealth. The wicked Earl soon showed his wicked colors and within a few months following his marriage, he informed the Countess, that their marriage in invalid, as he was previously married to an Italian lady. He then left for Italy and the Countess was left proving the validity of her marriage vows and the legitimacy of t ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jan 23, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Trollope wrote this book, published in 1873, while he was on board ship traveling to New South Wales to visit his son. Every morning he wrote, not for a specified time, but until he had 25 pages finished. He did this pretty much every day of his life, which accounts for the 47 novels and numerous other works that he produced.

Lady Anna was a bit of an experiment for Trollope. In the love story in many of his books the parents of either the girl or the man forbid a marriage because of perc
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David
Apr 05, 2007 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
As I write these Trollope reviews, I realize how similar so many of his novels sound if they're just described in a few sentences. If you read them, however, the differences come through. Trust me.

Like so many of Trollope's novels, Lady Anna deals with romance and marriage. Lady Anna has two suitors: one a cousin of the appropriate class, another -- sensitive readers may wish to avert their eyes -- the son of a tailor. Which will she choose?

And of course there are complications. One big one is s
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Pgchuis
Aug 23, 2015 Pgchuis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, this was dreadful. It pains me to give a Trollope novel 2 stars, but, had it not been a Trollope novel, I don't think I could have brought myself to finish it.

Lady Anna's father, the wicked Earl Lovel, dies and her mother fights (as she has been doing for years) to prove the legitimacy of her marriage to him (and hence the legitimacy of Anna's birth and right to inherit the fortune). In the run up to the final court case Anna's mother and the new Earl's family hatch a plan to marry Ann
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Karen
Dec 29, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Trollope wrote this book while on a ship en route to Australia. I don't know if that had anything to do with what felt to me as a rather unusual style - only one plot line, and language that at times read almost as a fable or fairy tale. The plot hinges on a long, complicated legal battle to determine whether Lady Anna and her mother are legitimate heirs to the Lovel family fortune, and on whether Lady Anna - if she is truly Lady Anna - will marry the "low-born" tailor she loves, or h ...more
Andrea
Jan 07, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollope considered this his best novel. Although I have read only a few of Trollope's other novels, this definitely stands out from that small selection. Lady Anna's mother was abandoned by her father. It becomes the sole aim in life of Anna's mother to reclaim her title and prove that her daughter is the legitimate heir of the late Earl Lovel. Through the rending poverty of their abandonment, Countess Lovel and Anna are assisted by an elderly tailor of radical political ideas. Of course, young ...more
Debbie
Oct 27, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok
Repetitive. Frustrating. Why wont that little twit marry the Earl. I'm done because although I love classic books by modern or even logical standards I think is silly and nonsensical.
Jenn McCollum
Lady Anna is a story about an ambitious but poor young woman -- Josephine Murray -- who is courted by a sleazy but very rich gentleman -- Lord Lovel -- whom she marries. When she becomes pregnant with her daughter Anna, Lovel insists that their marriage has been a hoax and goes abroad, leaving Murray to defend herself against the wagging tongues of England. For twenty years, Murray has only one aim and that is to reestablish herself among high society as a truthful yet victimized woman whose dau ...more
Julia
Mar 01, 2017 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, but told with much repetition. (I kept reminding myself that when this was first read, there was no Internet, TV, public radio, telephone system, etc. Life was lived at a slower pace, without the information overload we now have.) A young woman marries a rich Earl, is about to become a mother, then her husband tells her she is not really his wife, as he has a wife in another country. He deserts her, and goes philandering all over the world. She spends her life trying to prove ...more
Giulia
Jun 23, 2013 Giulia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Non avevo mai letto Trollope, fino ad ora. Ho visto l'edizione di "Lady Anna" in libreria ed ho compreso che si trattava di un classico vittoriano, pane per i miei denti mi sono detta. Avevo letto superficialmente la trama e lo avevo rimesso a posto. Secondo la legge per la quale i libri "chiamano", Trollope mi è rimasto nei pensieri e così appena mi è stato possibile ho acquistato il libro.
Mi sono accorta a casa, prestando maggiore attenzione, che si trattava di un vero e proprio romanzo giudiz
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Becky
Aug 10, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
Feb 05, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
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Carol
Jan 27, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope, audio, england, 2013
Reading Trollope's works is like reading Wodehouse's: they are better enjoyed when not read contiguously. The themes of inheritance, love between classes, and entailed estates get repetitive.

Trollope actually surprised me in this novel. Lady Anna has two suitors: Lord Lovel and the tailor Daniel Thwaite. Marrying the first would satisfy her mother and be suitable with her rank; marrying the latter would keep her childhood vow. It was not clear to me whom Lady Anna would eventually marry.

Lady Lo
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Linda Pressman
Dec 23, 2011 Linda Pressman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll pretty much read anything Trollope has written but now that I'm back into his books I can see that this is not one of his best books. It seems impossible but the entire plot revolves one one main issue, will Lady Anna renounce her personal pledge to the tailor's son to marry (made without her mother's consent and before she knew she was a titled jeiress) and marry the Earl or will she not?

It may just be impossible to meet a more obstinate character in all of English literature than Lady Ann
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Thom Swennes
An antiquated peerage system is put to the test when an unscrupulous earl marries a young and innocent girl. After a year of marriage the earl coldly announces to his wife that they were never married and she was merely his mistress. This shocking news comes only after she discovers that she is pregnant. This chain of events left the young, soon to be mother, in a very precarious position. The social position of females in this time didn’t help her cause and she was forced to accept the help of ...more
SarahC
Feb 04, 2011 SarahC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
If you were deciding your future, would you consider duty, love, gratitude, family ties, friendship among the most important issues? Consider if all these issues came at you simultaneously and prioritizing them was unavoidable. Anna Murray finds herself coming of age in the midst of these weighty decisions in the novel Lady Anna.

Anthony Trollope’s 1874 novel examines the inner struggles of a young lady and those around her when she is left with a complicated inheritance and an uncertain future.
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Hannah Ross
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Stephen
Nov 22, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Trollope explores psychopathology in a lead role as he does in He Knew He Was Right. Lady Anna is shorter and blessed with an appealing pair of young lovers. The protagonist is a rarity for Trollope She's downright dangerous.

The action moves right along. One plot device, a suspect "marriage" later denied by the groom, appears in another Trollope book, I forget which one (takes place in part on the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare). This was, sad to say, a fairly common practice for
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Jessica
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Ayrinne
Jul 17, 2012 Ayrinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il mio primo Trollope mi ha dato l'idea che l'autore fosse un uomo preciso, diretto, impeccabile.
Il testo ruota intorno ad una causa giudiziaria riguardante un'eredità, un triangolo non-amoroso, una scelta. Spicca l'interessante figura materna, un ammonimento velato: una brava persona può trasformarsi in qualunque istante in un mostro assetato di sangue, la vita di un uomo procede sul filo del rasoio. La manipolazione è un gioco che scotta le mani quanto delle castagne appena uscite dal fuoco e
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Dominick
This later Trollope novel about a noblewoman who is in love with a tailor suffers somewhat from its rather schematic setting up of its thesis (under what circumstances might a noble marry a tradesman?) but such a thesis is sufficiently interesting, and Trollope's usual attention to character so compelling, that the novel manages to be gripping and thought-provoking despite its occasional implausibility and awkwardness. Trollope thought it the best thing he wrote; I doubt many would agree, but it ...more
Giornata_di_sole
Il libro racconta di un intricato processo per il riconoscimento di un lascito ereditario e di un titolo nobiliare a una giovane, intorno al quale si accumulano vicende e peripezie di ogni tipo, e dietro il quale si cela e si muove in realtà una contesa ideologica: quella tra i diritti della nobiltà di nascita e le pretese del merito borghese...
L'idea e' interessante ma la narrazione procede lentamente, i fatti vengono riepilogati continuamente e l'intera vicenda e' tirata troppo per le lunghe..
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Charmaine Anderson
This is my 12th Trollope and I do love his writing and actually I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the plot had merit but it would have been better if it had been half as long. He repeated parts of the story to such an extent that it became tedious and wordy at times with things we didn't need to be reminded of again and again. That said I would probably read it again as Trollope speaks to my soul. Most Trollope books have free kindle downloads. I discovered him on the kindle and wonder if I w ...more
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