Trollope: A Biography

N. John Hall, Author Oxford University Press, USA $35 (616p) ISBN 978-0-19-812627-0
Inspired by the success of his mother, Frances Trollope, a muckraking Tory novelist who exposed the evils of slavery and child labor, Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) steeled himself to produce a daily quota of words. He wrote even on trains, and rarely revised a line. The awkward, shy, abnormally sensitive youth, transformed by his years as a postal official in Ireland, became a boisterous social animal, an opinionated man of the world with ``a scorched-earth conversational style.'' In a splendid, vivacious biography, Trollopian in its genially ironic spirit, Hall, general editor of Trollope's Selected Works and editor of his Letters , peers behind the gruff public persona that protected the novelist's vulnerable inner self. Trollope, who disapproved of heroes and villains, evinced a qualified sympathy for nearly every character in his 60-plus books, each of which Hall relates to Trollope's elusive inner life and irrepressible comic sensibility. Illustrations. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
Paperback - 624 pages - 978-0-19-283071-5
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