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New York Reading Group: “The Last Chronicle of Barset”

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

| $120

The Center for Fiction in New York will host a reading group of Anthony Trollope’s The Last Chronicle of Barset, led by scholar and Trollope Society director N. John “Jack” Hall.

The group will meet four times, on the second Tuesday of the month from September through December 2016, from 6 – 7:30 pm on September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13. The cost to attend is $140 (non-members register here), or $120 for members of the Center for Fiction or The Trollope Society (members register here).

About Doctor Thorne

During the 1860s, when Trollope was acclaimed “the king of serial novelists” and “almost a national institution,” he published The Last Chronicle of Barset in 1867, the final novel in the six-volume Barsetshire series. All reviewers regretted that this was to be the “last “of the series—which one reviewer called “the best set of sequels in our literature.” But the novel readily stands alone. (If art were not so long and life so short, readers would be urged to read all five previous Barsetshire novels—but it is not necessary.)

At the center of The Last Chronicle is Mr Crawley (a clergyman, but this is not a religious book: he might just as well have been—like Trollope—a civil servant). Of Crawley Mrs Oliphant in her review wrote, “There is grandeur about the half-crazed, wildered man, a mingled simplicity and subtlety in the conception—to which we cannot easily find a parallel in fiction.”

R H Hutton, widely regarded as the foremost reviewer of the day, called the novel “the richest and completest of Mr Trollope’s works. . . . Of its own kind there has been no better novel ever written than the The Last Chronicle of Barset.” And Trollope himself in his Autobiography said, “I regard this as the best novel I have written.”.

Recommended Edition

Recommended edition: Oxford University Press World’s Classics, ed. Stephen Gill (not latest Oxford World’s Classics edition). Participants are encouraged to read the first eighteen chapters prior to the first meeting  (up to and including ”The Bishop of Barchester is Crushed”).

About N. John Hall

“Jack” is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus, BCC and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has been twice the director of NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers and twice a Guggenheim Fellow. His many publications and editions include The Trollope Critics (ed); Trollope and His Illustrators; the two-volume Letters of Anthony Trollope, and Trollope: A Biography. This last earned Hall a front-page review in the New York Times Book Review and occasioned the (London) Times calling him “arguably the world’s leading authority on Anthony Trollope.”

Registration is via the Center for Fiction:

Center for Fiction & Trollope Society Members: $120 * (Join The Trollope Society: $75)

Non-Members: $140


September 13
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
New York, NY United States


Center for Fiction