'I hated the office. I hated my work...the only career in life within my reach was that of an author.'
The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's account offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. After a miserable childhood and misspent youth, Trollope turned his life around at the age of twenty-six. By 1860 the 'hobbledehoy' had become both a senior civil servant and a best-selling novelist. He worked for the Post Office for many years and stood unsuccessfully for Parliament. Best-known for the two series of novels grouped loosely around the clerical and political professions, the Barsetshire and Palliser series, in his Autobiography Trollope frankly describes his writing habits. His apparent preoccupation with contracts, deadlines, and earnings, and his account of the remorseless regularity with which he produced his daily quota of words, has divided opinion ever since.
This edition reassesses the work's distinctive qualities and includes a selection of Trollope's critical writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was.
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`[An Autobiography] has now been edited by Nicholas Shrimpton, whose engaging introduction prepares the reader well for what is to come.''
TLS, 24 April 2015
Note on the Text
Trollope on Jane Austen
'On English Prose Fiction as a Rational Amusement'
from 'The Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne
from 'A Walk in the Wood'
Appendix: passages omitted from the Manuscript
Series: World's Classics
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 12th May 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised