London Review of Books: “Besieged by Female Writers”

londonreviewbookscov3821John Pemble in the London Review of Books reviews a new volume by Frederik Van Dam, Anthony Trollope’s Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form published by Oxford University Press. The Review‘s website includes this introduction (full text is only available to subscribers):

“For a long time Anthony Trollope was remembered as the civil servant who introduced the pillar box to Britain and wrote fiction in three-hour stints before breakfast, sitting in front of a clock to make sure he produced 250 words every 15 minutes. Most had heard of Barchester Towers, but few read it, and the rest was forgotten. Three-volume, double-plot novels about people in crinolines, gaiters and stovepipe hats had had their day, especially when their author was reputed less for quality than quantity, and more for observation than vision. But in 1927, 45 years after Trollope’s death, Michael Sadleir published a reassessment. He argued that Trollope was a writer with the rare gift of being able to produce memorable books without writing memorable sentences, and probe depths without seeming to move beyond the surface. Interest revived; the books were reprinted; academia took them up. Trollope made it into the canon and finally into Westminster Abbey, where a plaque was unveiled in 1993.”


Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Douglas Gerlach

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