Anthony Trollope was well aware that the seemingly parochial power struggles that determine the action of Barchester Towers - struggles whose comic possibilities he exploits to hilarious effect - actually went to the heart of mid-Victorian English society, and had, in other times and other guises, led to civil war and constitutional upheaval.
That awareness heightens the comedy and intensifies the drama in this magnificent novel and it transforms the story of a fight for ascendency among the clergy and dependants of a great English cathedral into something fundamental and universal. Barchester Towers is the second of Trollope's six Barchester Novels, all published by Everyman's Library.
Barchester Towers stands alone, in common with every novel in the Barsetshire series of which it is the second. It tells the story of the struggle for a cathedral town's soul between the new bishop's reforming wife Mrs Proudie (a telling name for a woman rightly remembered as one of the great creations of Victorian fiction) and her scheming cohort, the chaplain Obadiah Slope, and the conservative forces of Barchester who are led by Archedaecon Grantly, the late bishop's son. This comic novel, with its romantic subplots, made Trollope's name with the Victorian reading public and its inspired charaterization and depiction of the clash between old and new make it every bit as readable today. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Everyman's Library classics
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 19th March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.1 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1