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This review is from: An Autobiography (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Trollope recites how the farm at Harrow on which he grew up was the grave of his father's hopes. Michael Sadlier's introduction points out that Trollope's AUTOBIOGRAPHY impaired his popularity. The business of being an author held no mystique for him. At nineteen Trollope was a hobbledehoy. He had no aspirations for his future life. His mother's best novels were written when she was nursing ill family members while living in Belgium. Trollope began to keep a journal at age fifteen and continued the practice until he destroyed his journal in 1870.
The first seven years of his postal career were spent in London. Anthony experienced some of the woes he imposed on his characters. A woman appeared at the post office asking in a loud voice why he wouldn't marry her daughter. A tailor's bill compunded until it was a substantial amount. During that early period Anthony did learn to read French and Latin. After seven years Anthony Trollope volunteered to go to a position in Ireland. He was to live at Banagher on the Shannon. He discovered there one of the joys of his life, riding to the hounds. His new life was opulent in comparison to his old one.
When Trollope married he feels a better life was commenced. Visiting Salisbury for the post office, (he had been transferred back to England), he conceived the story of THE WARDEN. Starting with BARCHESTER TOWERS he did much of his writing in railway coaches. Trollope found George Lewes to be the acutest critic known to him. In 1861 the author became a member of the Garrick Club. In 1864 he was elected to the Athenaeum. Trollope revered Thackeray and George Eliot as English novelists. He notes, though, that George Eliot lacked ease. The book continues on and gives the author's view of politics and a description of his attempt to be elected to the House of Commons. To his dismay his Palliser novel, THE PRIME MINISTER, was not a popular and critical success.
This posthumous work is a success, I believe.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 2:17:37 AM PDT
Pippin O' Rohan says:
Excellent review from you with appreciation. Trollope's autobiography remains a favorite of mine, and whenever I feel discouraged, the story of his life as told by him is a source of inspiration. He meets the classic definition of an officer and a gentleman. It did make this reader pleased that you took the time to write a review on what, in my opinion, is the way to write one's personal story for the public at large. I refer to it often when a friend or two of mine have intentions of writing their memoirs. It is also wonderful that his literature has been enjoying a revival in the last two decades. By all accounts, he had a soft spot for his "Small House at Allington", a novel which I intend to read again shortly. Many thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 3:56:31 AM PDT
Mary E. Sibley says:
What a wonderful response. Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind note.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 3:59:48 AM PDT
Pippin O' Rohan says:
The pleasure is mine, and wishing you continued enjoyable and rewarding reading.
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