The Way We Live Now

byAnthony TrollopeIntroduction byDavid Brooks

August 14, 2001|
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
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''Trollope did not write for posterity,'' observed Henry James. ''He wrote for the day, the moment; but these are just the writers whom posterity is apt to put into its pocket.'' Considered by contemporary critics to be Trollope''s greatest novel, The Way We Live Now is a satire of the literary world of London in the 1870s and a bold indictment of the new power of speculative finance in English life. ''I was instigated by what I conceived to be the commercial profligacy of the age,'' Trollope said.

His story concerns Augustus Melmotte, a French swindler and scoundrel, and his daughter, to whom Felix Carbury, adored son of the authoress Lady Carbury, is induced to propose marriage for the sake of securing a fortune. Trollope knew well the difficulties of dealing with editors, publishers, reviewers, and the public; his portrait of Lady Carbury, impetuous, unprincipled, and unswervingly devoted to her own self-promotion, is one of his finest satirical achievements.

His picture of late-nineteenth-century England is a portrait of a society on the verge of moral bankruptcy. In The Way We Live Now Trollope combines his talents as a portraitist and his skills as a storyteller to give us life as it was lived more than a hundred years ago.
ANTHONY TROLLOPE, the quintessential Victorian novelist whose dozens of books illuminate virtually every aspect of late nineteenth century England, was born in Russell Square, London, on April 24, 1815. He was the son of Thomas Anthony Trollope, a failed barrister. His mother, Frances Trollope, successfully turned to writing in order t...
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Title:The Way We Live Now
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:896 pages, 7.94 X 5.29 X 0.2 in
Shipping dimensions:896 pages, 7.94 X 5.29 X 0.2 in
Published:August 14, 2001
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780375757310

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