Trollope Urban Myth

We have all heard the urban myth of the man who died at his desk in the office and nobody noticed for five days. 

In the article attached below, this story and its ramifications are explored a little more deeply. Before reading it, you may want to remind yourself of Trollope’s notorious work ethic. 

He paid one of his servants extra to get him up early every morning so he had a couple of hours time to write before he got on with his day job at the Post Office. In that time he set himself the task of writing approximately 1,000 words per hour. 

So in those apocryphal five days, that’s 120 hours, Trollope would have written 120,000 words. Put another way, that’s a 400 page novel. 

Makes you think how much time we waste nowadays.


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