The plot of "Doctor Thorne" (1858), the third novel in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire series, is set in motion by a seduction, a murder, and an illegitimate birth, and carried forward in an intense struggle for privilege and position. That these potentially melodramatic elements never disturb Trollope's richly woven, classically balanced tapestry of provincial life is a continuing testament to his handsome, civil, endlessly entertaining art.
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About the Author
Anthony Trollope was a Victorian-era English author best known for his satirical novel The Way We Live Now, a criticism of the greed and immorality he witnessed living in London. Trollope was employed as a postal surveyor in Ireland when he began to take up writing as a serious pursuit, publishing four novels on Irish subjects during his years there. In 1851 Trollope was travelling the English countryside for work when was inspired with the plot for The Warden, the first of six novels in what would become his famous The Chronicles of Barsetshire series. Trollope eventually settled in London and over the next thirty years published a prodigious body of work, including Barsetshire novels such as Barchester Towers and Doctor Thorne, as well as numerous other novels and short stories. Trollope died in London 1882 at the age of 67.
N. John Hall is a Distinguished Professor at Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Twice a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of many books, he is considered one of the world's leading authorities on Anthony Trollope and Max Beerbohm.