The Way We Live Now is a satirical vel by Anthony Trollope, published in London in 1875 after first appearing in serialised form. It is one of the last significant Victorian vels to have been published in monthly parts. It was Trollope's longest vel, and is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s; Trollope had just returned to England from abroad, and was appalled by the greed and dishonesty those scandals exposed. This vel was his rebuke. It dramatises how that greed and dishonesty pervaded the commercial, political, moral, and intellectual life of that era. Augustus Melmotte is a financier with a mysterious past. He is rumoured to have Jewish origins, and is rumored to be connected to some failed businesses in Vienna. When he moves his business and his family to London, the city's upper crust begins buzzing with rumours about him - and a host of characters ultimately find their lives changed because of him.
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. Trollope's first major success came with The Warden (1855) followed by equally popular Barchester Towers (1857). Critics generally acknowledge the sweeping satire of The Way We Live Now (1875) as his masterpiece.