I am indebted to Sara Henary, whose article we mentioned yesterday, for drawing my attention to another excellent article, this time by Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker magazine.
This provides a detailed study of what he classifies as the three types of Trollope novels:
There is the Trollope of Barsetshire, where little events assume great importance in this small microcosm of Victorian country life.
There is the Trollope of the political novels, where great world shaping events decided by the government of the then most powerful nation on Earth become secondary to the minute examination of the importance of personal relationships in such a setting.
Lastly, there is the Trollope of the one of novels – the comic novels such as The Three Clerks, the serious psychological and socological studies, such as He Knew He Was Right and The Way We Live Now.
I would argue there is a fourth Trollope – the writer of Irish novels – but that is a quibble.
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