anthony trollope


Anthony Trollope, English novelist, was born in London, on the 24th of April 1815. His father, was reduced to poverty by imprudent speculation; his mother was an appreciated writer as well as his eldest brother. Anthony , on the contrary, was quite uneducated and spent most of his youth in constant hot water (acque tempestose) with the authorities and with some very unusual company, which afterwards (dopo) he described in some of his novels. At last in August 1841 he got the position of clerk (impiegato) to one of the post office inspector in a remote part of Ireland and got married. Trollope, who had always dreamed of writing, found in Ireland the ideal inspiration. With some assistance from his mother he got published his first two books, The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847) and The Kellys and the O’Kellys (1848), which proved unsuccessful. But his job – which permitted him to travel – gave him the opportunity to show his writing abilities later in writings like The Warden (1855), Barchester Towers

(1857), and The Three Clerks (1858). A journey on post office business to the West Indies gave him material for a book of travel, The West Indies and the Spanish Main (1859), and from this time on his production became incessant. His fortune increased when he started writing for the Cornhill Magazine contributing with Framley Parsonage (1861), The Bertrams (1859) and Castle Richmond (1860). Later in his life he travelled a lot and visited also Egypt and Africa reporting his experiences in his books. He died of paralysis on the 6th of December 1882.

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