An Autobiography: and Other Writings

Paperback | June 11, 2016

byAnthony Trollope

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"I hated the office. I hated my work...the only career in life within my reach was that of an author."The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's account offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. After a miserable childhood and misspent youth, Trollope turned his life around at the age of twenty-six. By 1860 the "hobbledehoy" had become both a seniorcivil servant and a best-selling novelist. He worked for the Post Office for many years and stood unsuccessfully for Parliament. Best-known for the two series of novels grouped loosely around the clerical and political professions, the Barsetshire and Palliser series, in his Autobiography Trollopefrankly describes his writing habits. His apparent preoccupation with contracts, deadlines, and earnings, and his account of the remorseless regularity with which he produced his daily quota of words, has divided opinion ever since. This edition reassesses the work's distinctive qualities and includes a selection of Trollope's critical writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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"I hated the office. I hated my work...the only career in life within my reach was that of an author."The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's account offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. After a miserable childhood and misspent youth, Trollope turned his life around at the age of t...

Nicholas Shrimpton is the editor of Trollope's The Prime Minister (2011) and The Warden (2014) for Oxford World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:June 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the TextChronologyAn AutobiographyTrollope on Jane Austen'On English Prose Fiction as a Rational Amusement'from Thackerayfrom 'The Genius of Nathaniel Hawthornefrom 'A Walk in the Wood'Appendix: passages omitted from the ManuscriptExplanatory NotesIndex

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"[An Autobiography] has now been edited by Nicholas Shrimpton, whose engaging introduction prepares the reader well for what is to come." --TLS, 24 April 2015