Know Your History – 24th April – Anthony Trollope

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On this day… 24th April, 1815 – Anthony Trollope born

Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 – 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters.

Trollope’s literary reputation dipped somewhat during theAnthony Trollope last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid-twentieth century.

About the Writing..

Trollope’s first novels, published when he was in his thirties, were set in Ireland where he was working at the time. It was only when he started his Barchester series, inspired by a working trip to Salisbury on his return to England that his career as an author really took off. In all, Trollope wrote forty-seven novels, as well as dozens of short stories and a few books on travel.

Did you know?

Trollope rose every day at 5.30, and wrote for exactly three hours before going to work. He kept a strict timetable and finished each novel within a few months. If he finished one before the three hours were up, he would start the next one immediately.


David Tennant played Reverend Gibson in a screen adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel about a young couple’s marital breakdown and the lives of those around them. See Video.


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