Barchester Towers

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Fiction - 328 pages
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Barchester Towers (1857) is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire, the work in which, after a ten years' apprenticeship, Trollope finally found his distinctive voice. In this his most popular novel, the chronicler continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, begun in The Warden, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of 'progress' Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. Love, mammon, clerical in-fighting and promotion again figure prominently and comically, all centred on the magnificently imagined cathedral city of Barchester. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership over the last 140 years. For this new edition, John Sutherland has contributed an introduction and extensive notes, as well as a chronology of the novel's composition and current events, and a note on Trollopian names.
 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Note on the Text
xxix
Select Bibliography
xxxvii
A Chronology of Anthony Trollope
xxxix
Map of Barsetshire
xliv
BARCHESTER TOWERS
xlv
Anthony Trollope on Barchester Towers
273
Whos Who in Barchester Towers
274
A Note on the Chronology
278
A Note on Trollopian Names
281
Explanatory Notes
283
Copyright

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John Sutherlandis Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He is the editor of numerous works in World's Classics and is Associate Editor of the Oxford Popular Fiction series.

Sutherland's latest book,Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, in which he investigates 34 puzzles in nineteenth-century fiction, is to be published in World's Classics in April 1996.

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