Irish Times: The rich man’s Dickens?

TheIrishTimesIn today’s Irish Times, John McCourt, author of the excellent Writing the Frontier: Anthony Trollope between Britain and Ireland, writes on Anthony Trollope and his “low-key bicentenary.” As McCourt writes, “Trollope is still popular so why was interest in his bicentenary so patchy? Perhaps because mainstream fans lean to the right while his academic champions lean to the left”:

Although Trollope is much published and read, both academic and media interest in and coverage of the Trollope bicentenary was patchy and thin when compared to what is accorded to other writers who were his contemporaries. Especially given the year that’s in it, when the longest articles devoted to the writer are to be found in Country Life and the conservative tabloid, The Mail on Sunday, and when the biggest (indeed the only) conference dedicated to a writer, who ranks with Thackeray, George Eliot, and Dickens, takes place not in one of the great British universities but in Leuven in Belgium (and it was an absolutely wonderful conference in a splendid location in one of Europe’s oldest universities) something is clearly out of joint….

Read “The rich man’s Dickens? Anthony Trollope and his low-key bicentenary” in the Irish Times.


Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by Douglas Gerlach


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