Barchester Towers

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OUP Oxford, Nov 7, 1996 - Fiction - 672 pages
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Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more `ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are `political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor, 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. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership.
 

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

After The Warden, another excellent visit to Barsetshire, and another book I had a difficult time putting down. Trollope improves here on his gentle wittiness, absolutely delightful small-scale ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

The action, as it is, starts with the death of a bishop of The Church England in “the cathedral city of Barchester” in “the latter days of July in the year 185-.” The equilibrium thus upset, a new ... Read full review

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
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