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- DescriptionThis classic study of the working life of a professional writer is one of the best - and also one of the strangest - autobiographies ever written. After a miserable childhood and misspent youth, Trollope turned his life around at the age of twenty-six. By 1860 the 'hobbledehoy' had become both a senior civil servant and a best-selling velist. He worked for the Post Office for many years and stood unsuccessfully for Parliament. Best-kwn for the two series of vels grouped loosely around the clerical and political professions, the Barsetshire and Palliser series, in his Autobiography Trollope frankly describes his writing habits. His apparent preoccupation with contracts, deadlines, and earnings, and his account of the remorseless regularity with which he produced his daily quota of words, has divided opinion ever since. As the Introduction to this edition shows, Trollope selected and exaggerated to create his compelling narrative of initial failure and eventual success, and the inspiration that fuelled his creative imagination has too easily been overlooked. The only autobiography by a major Victorian velist, Trollope's record offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. This edition also includes a selection of his critical writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was.
- Author BiographyNicholas Shrimpton is the editor of Trollope's The Prime Minister (2011) for Oxford World's Classics, and of a new edition of The Warden (2014). He is currently completing an edition of Matthew Arnold's poetry and a book on Arnold's early poetry.
- Author(s)Anthony Trollope
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication09/10/2014
- SubjectAutobiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight488 g
- Width135 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byNicholas Shrimpton
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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