"Doctor Thorne "(1858), the third novel in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire series, was the best-selling of his forty-seven novels during his lifetime, and remains one of his most widely read today.
Young Frank Gresham, the heir of the squire of Greshamsbury, is determined to marry his beloved Mary Thorne, niece of the village physician. Frank's family is violently opposed to the match, however, for they are in debt and in danger of losing their estate, and Mary is penniless and illegitimate. Dr. Thorne, Mary's loving uncle, knows a secret about her origins that would change everything, but he wants her to be accepted on her own merits. The ensuing battle of wills plays out in a maelstrom of pride and money, love and self-doubt. Though the plot is more sensational than usual for Trollope set in motion by a seduction and a murder these potentially melodramatic elements never disrupt the utterly compelling realism of the author's richly woven tapestry of provincial life.
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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 Emeritus of English at the Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The receipient of numerous awards, he has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow. His many books include Trollope:A Biography and Max Beerhohm: A Kind of Life. He is considered one of the world's leading authorities on both Trollope and Beerhohm. Since 1967 he has lived in Greenwich Village, New York.