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Lady Anna

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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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Andrea
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
Mary Ronan Drew
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...more
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...more
Robert J
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
Karen
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
Jim
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Carol
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...more
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
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
Becky Weaver
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Linda Pressman
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...more
Giulia


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...more
David
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...more
SarahC
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....more
Sarah Harkness
Goodness, what a closet radical Trollope was. This must have shocked many people, and even three quarters of the way through I wasn't really sure how it would end. Did he ever write the sequel he promised? The first half of this book I assumed I was on such solid ground, following the path of all mainstream Victorian literature, that I nearly gave it up, wondering what would be gained by ploughing through the predictable second volume. I nearly missed a marvel, with actual page turning suspense....more
Bette
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
Ayrinne
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...more
Jessica
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Anna
I think anyone who enjoys classical novels, history or women’s issues will enjoy this novel.

Read my full review at: http://leftontheshelfbookblog.blogspo...
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.....more
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
Margaret
Trollope considered this one of his best books, but I feel that he's done better elsewhere. On the theme of a young woman making up her mind whom to marry, see Can You Forgive Her; for a much more interesting and suspenseful court case, see Orley Farm.
Harpoon
Not the best introduction to Trollope's work -- try the Barsetshire novels -- but nonetheless a well-crafted character study. Nothing much actually happens during the course of the book, but the main characters are well fleshed out, and you get to know them well through their thoughts and dialog.
Spencer
I didn't have high expectations of this book, as I loved the Barset and Palliser series' but have found the few other Trollope novels I've read rather bland (with the exception of the stellar 'The Way We Live Now'), but this was quite good. Trollope definitely has some quality work outside the county of Barset. It feature prominently two of the author's most prevalent topics - money & social rank.
Shelley
Not Trollope's finest work or most likeable characters (particularly the women), but it's a fun read for anyone in the legal field, just for the in jokes and satire (the lawyers steal the show in this novel). When you add in some scathing observations about the aristocracy, it's so worth reading. I laughed out loud a few times.
Debbie
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.
Tanja Tuma
Wonderful psychological study. It's nice to read a novel which is not based only on action; there is suspense, but we get a deeper feeling of the characters. I recomend it!
Eugenia
It was franker than most AT's -- more like something his mother would have written. I really enjoyed it and was also pleased to find a Trollope I hadn't already read.
Jessica
I really got sucked in right away. Unfortunately, I completely adore and sympathize with the mother character and so did not like the ending.
Simon Fell
Beautifully written story of unbearable social pressure and its consequences for different generations and classes.
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