Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 6 Dec 1882 (aged 67)
Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Plot Square 138, Row 1, Grave 28529
Memorial ID 1932 · View Source
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Author. After a childhood of ever declining fortunes due to his father's mental health, his family would eventually come to be supported by his mother's writing. As a young adult, he initial hoped to take up a position in an Austrian Calvary regiment, but was diverted into to taking a job in the postal service. He remained in this position for several years and, living in near poverty, became depressed over his existence. Eventually, he was promoted to a position in Banagher, Ireland where he was able to enjoy a better standard of living, develop an appreciation for the outdoors, and discover a passion for fox hunting that he engaged in until the last few years of his life. He remained in the Postal Service for a good portion of his life, climbing into its upper echelons. During his time in the Service, he was credited with inventing the pillar postal box. In 1844, while living in Ireland, he married Rose Heseltine, passing along his literary talents to at least one of his offspring. He began his writing career as part of a quest to discover the reasons behind Irish discontent. His first two novels certainly were of political bent and were given minor notice. His first major success would come in 1855 with the publication of the "The Warden." This book was the first of his six "Chronicles of Barsetshire," and it would be where he would find his voice as a commentator of daily life among the gentry and the clergy in suburban England. Among the books in this series was "Barchester Towers," a comic masterpiece, which remains his best known work. Along with the "Chronicles," Trollope also produced the Palliser Novels, which told of the adventures of the family of the wealthy Plantagenet Palliser and his wife Lady Glencora. In the twentieth century, the BBC made the two series into television productions. In the later years of his life, he wrote the satire "The Way We Live Now" which was regarded by many as his masterpiece. In the end, he was a very prolific author having published some four dozen novels, several short stories, and some travel books. Following his death, his autobiography was published. In this volume, he admitted to, among other things, that much of the writing he did was for the money. These comments drew the censure of critics. Some famous writers publically took exception to him thus lowering his reputation and thrusting him into obscurity for several decades. Finally, in the mid to latter part of the twentieth century Trollope experience a revival and is currently considered one of the great novelist of the Victorian Era.

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