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Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

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Anthony Trollope's autobiography will delight you whether or not you've read any of his many works. His honest, if self-deprecating, tone is at times hilarious and at times piteously moving. His detailed descriptions of his writing process and his philosophy of writing as work rather than art are fascinating. Fans of Trollope will enjoy learning the man's perceptions of his novels' shortcomings and triumphs. Anyone will appreciate learning about his years devoted to churning out literature for profit while working full time with the post office.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ehalf, and knew that many a tyro who could fill a manuscript lacked the power to put his matter before the public;—and I knew, too, that when the matter was printed, how little had then been done towards the winning of the battle! I had already learned that many a book—many a good book—

"is born to blush unseen And waste its sweetness on the desert air."

But still the purpose was strong within me, and the first effort was made after the following fashion. I was located at a little town called Drumsna, or rather village, in the county Leitrim, where the postmaster had come to some sorrow about his money; and my friend John Merivale was staying with me for a day or two. As we were taking a walk in that most uninteresting country, we turned up through a deserted gateway, along a weedy, grass-grown avenue, till we came to the modern ruins of a country house. It was one of the most melancholy spots I e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Nel periodo vittoriano la scrittura autobiografica divenne una vera e propria arte, soprattutto perché si trattava di un genere che si caratterizzava come descrizione di un successo.

E proprio come sintetizza il curatore di questa edizione, è negli ultimi anni della sua vita che Trollope può permett

I am unwilling to cease carrying out stuff with scrupulous attention to detail. I was not so full of it when younger but presently I am growing fatter on it. In the summer of 1878 Anthony Trollope told his elder son that he had written a memoir of his own life. How come that one hundred years after,

I really loved this autobiography!

I really cannot believe how much I enjoyed this book. It was like having Trollope over for dinner and talking with him about his writing. You have to love a man whose characters are so real to him that he wonders what they're doing long after he finishes a novel. This is more of a literary autobiogr

While I have my sights set on reading all of Trollope's novels and short story collections, there are just a few of his nonfiction offerings that interest me. This is one. I wanted to make sure I had read enough to appreciate what he had to say. He finished it in 1876 - six years before he died - wi

I am a great fan of Trollope’s work and have read almost all his books. That made his autobiography all the more enjoyable because I knew the books he was writing about and it was interesting to find out how they came to be written and especially that some of the material was based on Trollope’s own

Why is Trollope considered by many (not by me) to be a notch below other Victorian novelists? I think this book, his autobiography, is at least partly responsible. For in it Trollope demythologizes the profession of novelist. He talks about his businesslike approach to his writing. He regularly wrot

Excellent writing (and the insight into his writing life was fascinating). Admirable work ethic and personal integrity. Pity he thought hunting foxes was amusing.

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) wrote his autobiography and gave instruction to his son to have it published after his death. Trollope was one of England’s pre-eminent and most prolific novelists. Trollope said “the novelist must please, but also teach and preach, conveying his system of ethics just as

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