OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

An Autobiography: And Other Writings (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199675289

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¥2,739
Author: 
Anthony Trollope; Nicholas Shrimpton
Pages
368 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 203 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
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This classic study of the working life of a professional writer is one of the best - and also one of the strangest - autobiographies ever written. 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. As the Introduction to this edition shows, Trollope selected and exaggerated to create his compelling narrative of initial failure and eventual success, and the inspiration that fuelled his creative imagination has too easily been overlooked. The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's record offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. This edition also includes a selection of his critical writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
TROLLOPE ON JANE AUSTEN
'ON ENGLISH PROSE FICTION AS A RATIONAL AMUSEMENT'
FROM THACKERAY
FROM 'THE GENIUS OF NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE'
FROM 'A WALK IN THE WOOD'
APPENDIX: PASSAGES CANCELLED FROM THE MANUSCRIPT
EXPLANATORY NOTES

About the author: 

Nicholas Shrimpton is the editor of Trollope's The Prime Minister (2011) for Oxford World's Classics, and of a new edition of The Warden (2014). He is currently completing an edition of Matthew Arnold's poetry and a book on Arnold's early poetry.

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