President’s Letter: January 2016

Doug GerlachTrollopian celebrations in the New Year kicked off with Stephen Amarnick and Robert Wiseman’s lecture earlier this month at the Yale Club on the extensive research that went into the publication of the first complete edition of The Duke’s Children. Copies of the deluxe edition are available in ever-diminishing quantities from The Folio Society, but a lower-priced trade edition is also expected in 2017, which is exciting news.

N. John Hall’s reading group on The Duke’s Children at the Center for Fiction in New York concluded in January, and Jack is immediately plunging ahead with a Doctor Thorne discussion group. This selection is especially timely with Julian Fellowes’ three-part television adaptation of “Doctor Thorne” in production for broadcast later this year or in early 2017. Oxford University Press is publishing a new edition of the book with a foreword by Fellowes, so this may well be the year of Doctor Thorne, which has always been one of my favorite Trollopes.

Our Annual Winter Reception will be held on February 25, 2016 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. Dr. Talia Schaffer of Queens College will speak on “Trollope and the Marriage Plot: Why You Should Forgive Her.” I hope that you may join us to toast our author with a glass of claret and share in our usual Trollopian comradery.

Finally, I was privileged to represent the American membership at the UK Trollope Society’s annual dinner in December at the House of Lords, preceded by the laying of a wreath on Trollope’s memorial stone in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey. The experience served as a touching coda to Anthony Trollope’s bicentenary year, but also as prelude for what I hope will be greater triumphs for our author in 2016 and beyond.

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Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by Douglas Gerlach

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