Monthly Archives: September 2014

Edinburgh Seminar Group Meeting Tonight

A reminder that the Edinburgh Seminar Group of The Trollope Society is meeting tonight to discussĀ The Golden Lion of Granpere.

The meeting will be at 6pm in the Friends Meeting House, Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh.

For more information contact John Dover (email: jdover@post.harvard.edu )

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More Trollope for Schools

An excellent article from the daily mail quoting both ex-Prime Minister John Major and Trollope Society chairman Michael Williamson on why Trollope should feature more prominently than he does currently in our schools.

For the record it is based largely on the fact that he is more realistic in his depictions of theoral complexity of life and creates more rounded and hence more believable, more human(e) characters.

Or put another way…he’s just better.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217464/Anthony-Trollope-Schools-urged-novels-chosen-English-set-texts.html

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First Printed Books Bought By National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland has just acquired two of the first books ever printed in Scotland. Printed in 1509, the Aberdeen Breviary provides services to be carried out in Scottish churches. The books are therefore of tremendous historical significance not just in terms of literature but also as historical documents of the religious and social history of Scotland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29332995

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Late summer reading

I am grateful to Graham Lester for spotting Damian Tambini’s excellent analysis of Trollope’s exploration of the relationship between politics and the press in novels such as Phineas Finn and The Way We Live Now in the London School of Economics and Political Science website.

Read the whole article at:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/07/31/summer-reading-from-the-media-policy-project/

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Henry James assessment of Trollope

I am grateful to Jim Fretz who located this copy of the article written by Henry James in The Century Magazine shortly after Trollope’s death.

James was critical of what he saw as Trollope’s sacrifice of quality for quantity. However, the article is more balanced than selective quotations from it might at first suggest.

For the whole article see:

http://www.unz.org/Pub/Century-1883jul-00384

 

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Bearded writers

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I am grateful to Janet Mills Elliott who spotted this article by Jeremy Anderberg on Book Riot.

In spite of his luxuriant facial growth, sadly Trollope does not feature in the top ten author’s beards.

http://www.bookriot.com/2013/10/18/the-10-best-beards-in-literature/

 

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Trollope found in compromising position

Anthony_Trollope_on_Cape_Town_-_Lantern_cartoon_Jan_1878

I am grateful to Graham Lester who found this cartoon of Trollope enjoying himself rather more than perhaps his wife Rose would have liked while in Cape Town. Taken from The Lantern January 1878.

 

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