Everyone is a product of their own era. There is no doubt that many of Trollope’s attitudes to women would grate with the modern reader. But, when considered in their historical context, Trollope shows remarkable sensitivity to the dilemmas facing women of his time and represents them better than almost all of his contemporaries. Only the finest female authors of his time depicted women with greater empathy.
It is no surprise, therefore, to find that Trollope is an absentee from the list of offenders considered in the thought provoking series of short radio programmes The Misogeny Book Club which tracks the latent and indeed the blatant misogeny displayed in some of literature’s finest exponents.
Well worth a listen I think.