Ilustrated by David Eccles, introduction by Michael Mayne.
130 pages, published by the Trollope Society, London.
This collection of ten essays originally appeared anonymously in The Pall Mall Gazette in 1865 and 1866 under the title “Clerical Sketches.” Chapters include “The Modern English Archbishop,” “English Bishops, Old and New,” “The Curate in a Populous Parish,” “The Bishop Who Subscribes for Colenso,” among others.
In these sketches, Trollope addresses his often-complicated feelings towards reform of the Church, a topic he addressed in the Barchester Chronicles and other books.
Contemporary reviewers did not respond favorably to his criticisms of the Church of England, though many of them were perhaps shepherds of flocks of their own and thus prone to disagree with Trollope’s views.
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