Barchester Towers

Barchester Towers

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After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollope's masterly depiction of the plotting and back-stabbing that ensues lies at the heart of one of the most vivid and comic of his Barsetshire novels, peopled by such very different figures as the saintly Warden of Hiram's Hospital, Septimus Harding, the ineffectual but well-meaning new bishop and his terrifying wife, and the oily chaplain Mr Slope who has designs on Mr Harding's daughter.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 394g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140432035
  • 9780140432039
  • 77,647

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The second of the six 'Barsetshire Novels, ' is Trollope's most popular work and one of the classics of English fiction. Here 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 skillfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that had won Trollope such an appreciative readership.
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About Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815 - 82) published over forty novels and numerous short stories. His most famous series were the Barsetshire novels and the Palliser novels, written towards the end of his life.
Robin Gilmour is a Reader in English at the University of Aberdeen, and author of three books on the Victorian novel.
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