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The Warden (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 29/03/1984
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Anthony Trollope's "The Warden" is the first of his well-loved "Chronicles of Barsetshire", edited with an introduction and notes by Robin Gilmour in "Penguin Classics". The tranquil atmosphere of the cathedral town of Barchester is shattered when a scandal breaks concerning the financial affairs of a Church-run almshouse for elderly men. In the ensuing furore, Septimus Harding, the almshouse's well-meaning warden, finds himself pitted against his daughter's suitor Dr John Bold, a zealous local reformer. Matters are not improved when Harding's abrasive son-in law, Archdeacon Grantly, leaps into the fray to defend him against a campaign Bold begins in the national press. An affectionate and wittily satirical view of the workings of the Church of England, "The Warden" is also a subtle exploration of the rights and wrongs of moral crusades and, in its account of Harding's intensely felt personal drama, a moving depiction of the private impact of public affairs. In his introduction, Robin Gilmour examines Trollope's background and his influences, especially his use of contemporary newspaper scandals. This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes. Anthony Trollope (1815-82) had an unhappy childhood characterised by a stark contrast between his family's high social standing and their comparative poverty. He wrote his earliest novels while working as a Post Office inspector, but did not meet with success until the publication of the first of his 'Barsetshire novels', "The Warden" (1855). As well as writing over forty novels, including such popular works as "Can You Forgive Her?" (1865), "Phineas Finn" (1869), "He Knew He Was Right" (1869) and "The Way We Live Now" (1875) Trollope is credited with introducing the postbox to England. If you enjoyed "The Warden", you might like Trollope's "The Way We Live Now", also available in "Penguin Classics".

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140432145

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I picked up The Warden randomly after being recommended to read Trollope by a friend. I had no preconceptions and was pleasantly surprised by the way he pieced together a simple story but made the most of it through... More

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“Of it's time and of our time”

This is on the surface a tale of The Warden and the job that he has within the mid 1800's Church of England. The tapestry of characters include those who support the work that he does as well as those that oppose... More

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“A little hard to get into at first...”

But definitely worth the effort.
While the plot itself is very simple, Trollope writes amazing characterisations and make you feel very strongly about his characters, whether you love them or you hate them. He is most... More

19th October 2009
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