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English Literature Of The 19th Century:
 Other Irish Story Writers

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 Charles Kingsley

 Thomas Adolphus Trollope

 Charles Reade

 Charlotte Bronte

 George Eliot

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 Alfred Tennyson

 Robert Browning

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Thomas Adolphus Trollope

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

Among the severe British criticisms of America none was more deeply resented than Mrs. Frances Trollope's "Domestic Manners of the Americans." It was written after three years' residence, during which she was in business in Cincinnati. Being left a widow at thirty-five, she was obliged to support her family and became an industrious writer of lively books of travels and novels of some merit. Her eldest son, Thomas Adolphus Trollope (1810-1892), lived more than half his life in Italy, and wrote historical sketches and novels, chiefly relating to that country. But the younger son, Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), was perhaps the most prolific and popular novelist of his time, yet he was late in beginning to write. His first book, "The Warden" (1855), in which the chief character is a simple-minded, conscientious clergyman, was the beginning of a series comprising "Barchester Towers," "Doctor Thorne," "Framley Parsonage," "The Small House at Allington," and "The Last Chronicle of Barset." In these certain characters and whole families appear again and again, so that the reader keeps watching for old acquaintances or their relatives. They all belong to England of his day and range from the lower middle to the upper class, including especially clergymen and their wives. The stories contain the ordinary incidents of life, and the conversation is sprightly. In "Phineas Finn" and some other books Trollope entered the region of politics, giving sketches of Gladstone and Disraeli under other names. He wrote a few books of a different class, but not successfully. He had an official connection with the Post-Office, which, however did not occupy much of his time. The public were surprised to learn from his "Autobiography" that he did his writing almost mechanically, so many words an hour, and were disposed to underrate the value of what they had previously prized.

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