Barchester Towers by Anthony TrollopeBarchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Barchester Towers

byAnthony TrollopeEditorRobin Gilmour

Paperback | January 2, 1984


"I never saw anything like you clergymen … you are always thinking of fighting each other"


After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollope’s masterly depiction of the plotting and back-stabbing that ensues lies at the heart of one of the most vivid and comic of his Barsetshire novels, peopled by such very different figures as the saintly Warden of Hiram’s Hospital, Septimus Harding, the ineffectual but well-meaning new bishop and his terrifying wife, and the oily chaplain Mr Slope who has designs both on Mr Harding’s daughter and the fascinating would-be femme fatale Signora Vesey-Neroni.

This is the second volume of Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire. In his introduction, Robin Gilmour examines the novel’s political and social background and Trollope’s concern with changes occurring in society. This edition also includes a preface by J. K. Galbraith.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as...
Title:Barchester TowersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:576 pages, 7.8 X 5.2 X 1.08 inShipping dimensions:576 pages, 7.8 X 5.2 X 1.08 inPublished:January 2, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140432035

ISBN - 13:9780140432039

Appropriate for ages: All ages

Look for similar items by category:

From Our Editors

The second of the six 'Barsetshire Novels, ' is Trollope's most popular work and one of the classics of English fiction. Here Trollope continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy-Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skillfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that had won Trollope such an appreciative readership.