The Weekly Standard: Why Read Trollope?
Ann Marlowe has penned an appreciation of Anthony Trollope’s “Fearsome productivity and equally fearsome artistry” in The Weekly Standard of 26 October 2015:
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) may be the best-kept literary secret in English—a secret hiding in plain sight. His collected works take up a long bookshelf: 47 novels and 18 works of nonfiction. Once, most educated English and American households owned some of those volumes; today, there are still plenty of Trollope boxed sets in bookstores—probably because his works are in the public domain so publishers needn’t pay royalties—yet he is culturally almost invisible. Unlike Charles Dickens, Trollope never created characters and phrases that entered popular culture; unlike those of his friend William Makepeace Thackeray, his novels have not been made into movies. Trollope enters the conversation every few years when a critic argues that the description of banking frauds in The Way We Live Now illuminates our own feverish plutocracy. (Yes, it does, but that’s the least interesting thing about it.)