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Trollope, Anthony (1815-1882) | University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Name: Trollope, Anthony (1815-1882)


Historical 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.

Sources:

http://www.applebookshop.co.uk/author/trollope.htm, accessed 10/16/06.

http://www.trollopeusa.org/tsociety/trollopebio.html, The Trollope Society, accessed 10/16/06.

http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 10/17/06.

Note Author: Lesley Purnell





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