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Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

1. 00 — Preface
2. 01 — My Education
3. 02 — My Mother
4. 03 — The General Post Office
5. 04 — Ireland––My First Two Novels
6. 05 — My First Success
7. 06 — "Barchester Towers" and the "Three Clerks"
8. 07 — "Doctor Thorne"––"The Bertrams"––"The West Indies" and "The Spanish Main"
9. 08 — The "Cornhill Magazine" and "Framley Parsonage"
10. 09 — "Castle Richmond;" "Brown, Jones, and Robinson;" "North America;" "Orley Farm"
11. 10 — "The Small House at Allington," "Can You Forgive Her?" "Rachel Ray," and the "Fortnightly Review"
12. 11 — "The Claverings," the "Pall Mall Gazette," "Nina Balatka," and "Linda Tressel"
13. 12 — On Novels and the Art of Writing Them
14. 13 — On English Novelists of the Present Day
15. 14 — On Criticism
16. 15 — "The Last Chronicle of Barset"––"Leaving the Post Office"––"St. Paul's Magazine"
17. 16 — Beverley
18. 17 — The American Postal Treaty––The Question of Copyright with America––Four More Novels
19. 18 — "The Vicar of Bullhampton"––"Sir Harry Hotspur"––"An Editor's Tales"––"Caesar"
20. 19 — "Ralph the Heir"––"The Eustace Diamonds"––"Lady Anna"––"Australia"
21. 20 — "The Way We Live Now" and "The Prime Minister"––Conclusion

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Summary

Anthony Trollope's autobiography will delight you whether or not you've read (or listened to) any of his many works. His honest if self-deprecating tone is at times hilarious and at times piteously moving. His detailed descriptions of his writing process and his philosophy of writing as work rather than art are fascinating. Fans of Trollope will enjoy learning the man's perceptions of his novels' shortcomings and triumphs. Anyone will appreciate learning about his years devoted to churning out literature for profit while working full time with the post office.