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Anthony Trollope

(1815 - 1882)

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) was an English novelist of the Victorian era, renowned for his prolific writing and keen observations of contemporary society. Born in London to a struggling family, Trollope faced a challenging upbringing that later informed many of his literary works. Despite an uninspiring start at the General Post Office in London, his transfer to Ireland marked a turning point, as he began writing and found happiness in his personal life.

Trollope's career as a writer took off with the publication of the novel "The Warden" (1855), the first in the "Chronicles of Barsetshire" series, which offered an insightful look into the clergy and rural society of Victorian England. He gained an avid readership with his portrayal of complex characters, social realism, and depictions of the dynamics between tradition and progress.

Another significant series by Trollope is the "Palliser novels," which examine the political, social, and familial landscapes of the time and feature the enduring character Plantagenet Palliser. Trollope's detailed approach to character development and his subtle satire won him admiration from contemporaries and modern readers alike.

Aside from his novels, Trollope also published travel books, short stories, and essays. His autobiography, released posthumously, revealed his disciplined approach to writing, often advocating a daily word count, thus shaping a professional image of the novelist as a regular worker. Trollope's legacy endures, with his novels continuing to attract readers and adaptations, highlighting his status as a giant of English literature.

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