The Way We Live Now (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198705031

Anthony Trollope; Francis O'Gorman
848 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
Oxford World's Classics
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  • This edition presents a new reading of the novel as Trollope's most successful foray not into satire but into a form of crime fiction
  • The notes and introduction situate the novel in contemporary print culture, debates in the Palace of Westminster, and in the legal environment of the 1870s
  • Includes a Biographical Preface, a Chronology of Trollope's life, and an up-to-date Bibliography

New to this Edition:

  • New edition with new introduction and notes by Francis O'Gorman

'Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.'

It is impossible to be sure who Melmotte is, let alone what exactly he has done. He is, seemingly, a gentleman, and a great financier, who penetrates to the heart of the state, reaching even inside the Houses of Parliament. He draws the English establishment into his circle, including Lady Carbury, a 43 year-old coquette and her son Felix, who is persuaded to invest in a notional railway business. Huge sums of money are at stake, as well as romantic happiness.
The Way We Live Now is usually thought Trollope's major work of satire but is better described as his most substantial exploration of a form of crime fiction, where the crimes are both literal and moral. It is a text preoccupied by detection and the unmasking of swindlers. As such it is a narrative of exceptional tension: a novel of rumour, gossip, and misjudgment, where every second counts. For many of Trollope's characters, calamity and exposure are just around the corner.


Biographical Preface
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Anthony Trollope
Appendix I: Trollope's Working Materials for The Way We Live Now
Appendix II: Dates in the Novel
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Anthony Trollope
Edited by Francis O'Gorman, University of Leeds
Francis O'Gorman has edited Trollope's Framley Parsonage and The Duke's Children (with Katherine Mullin), Ruskin's Praeterita, and Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers for Oxford World's Classics. He has written widely on English literature, chiefly from 1780 to the present, and is currently editing Swinburne for OUP.

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