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ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0442

Primary Creator: Trollope, Anthony (1815-1882)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Forms of Material: Bibliography, Diaries, Letters, Manuscripts, Notes, Poetry

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Letters, journals, unpublished literary works of Anthony Trollope and other members of the Trollope family.

The manuscripts include a diary, 1872; 10 letters to H. M. Trollope; 19 letters to Anthony from Cardinal Newman, Henry Taylor, etc; manucript poems; notes on reading; bibliography for and statement of principles concerning his projected (but never written) history of literature, and a packet of papers endorsed by him "The Story of the Tailor's Money" -- apparently the source for a novel plot.

Among the works of Mrs. Frances Trollope are included: Salmagundi--aliena-1834, endorsed by Anthony, My mother's lines on the burial of Lord Byron's Illegitimate Daughter, some 61 eight-line stanzas, unpublished; 34 pp. unpublished manuscript endorsed by Anthony, My mother's journal of a visit to La Grange; 54 pp. unpublished manuscript endorsed by Anthony, and the Righteous Rout by her, evidently a comedy; three shorter manuscripts and some letters.

The collection also includes letters and journals of Rose, Harry, and Thomas Adolphus Trollope, the wife, son, and brother of Anthony.

The final part of the collection is Anthony Trollope's accounts of his transactions with his son Fred, who emigrated early in life to Australia, and 26 letters from Fred (1872-1890), to Anthony, Rose, and Harry.

Biographical Note

Born the fourth of six surviving children of Thomas Anthony Trollope, a barrister and Frances (Milton) Trollope, on April 24, 1815, in London.  Had a very unhappy childhood due to poverty and debt.  Could not afford to go to university, and found employment with the Post Office from 1834 to 1867.  Married Rose Heseltine in June 1844, and had two sons, Frederick and Henry.  Died December 6, 1882, as the result of a stroke, in London.

Wrote 47 novels and five volumes of short stories, as well as travel books, biographies, and collections of sketches. His works offer an unsurpassed portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England.  In his Autobiography (published posthumously in 1883) Trollope describes the self-discipline that enabled his prolific output: he would produce a given number of words per hour in the early morning, before work; he always wrote while travelling by rail or sea and as soon as he finished one novel, he began another.  His efforts resulted in him becoming one of England's most successful and popular writers.  His mother Frances was also a successful writer.

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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