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Doctor Thorne
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Doctor Thorne

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Cover TextDoctor Thorne remains indisputably one of Trollope's greatest achievements. Paradoxically, it was not a favourite with its author, but then, as so often, he was a poor judge of his own work. Interestingly, the plot was devised not by the author but by his brother Tom with whom he was staying in Florence when, as he confessed, 'I was cudgelling my brain for a plot'.
Frank Gresham is heir to Greshamsbury Court, once a very rich estate but now much depleted, mortgages on the estate being held by the self-made millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd. Frank is consequently under a great deal of pressure to marry money; particular pressure is applied by his mother, the snobbish sister of the Earl de Courcy, but Frank is in love with Mary Thorne, niece of the eponymous Doctor with whom she lives. However, it is known only to Doctor Thorne that Mary is in fact Sir Roger's eldest neice, albeit illegitimate: Sir Roger, a stone-cutter who has made his fortune through ruthless business dealings and has been ennobled because of his success, is paradoxically a drunkard and an ex-convict, a result of killing his sister's seducer, Mary Thorne's father, many years before. Sir Roger is unaware of Mary's true identity, or even that she survived.
In this, the third Barchester novel there are very few clerics - Mrs Proudie, for example, having what amounts to a cameo appearance - and this is chiefly because the author found himself more concerned with the county families. The happy result is the widening of the series' scope in unexpected directions, most notable in the portrayal of Frank's selfish mother Lady Arabella Gresham, the slightly enigmatic figure of Dr Thorne, and particularly the depiction of Mary Thorne herself, Trollope's heroine.
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ISBN/GTIN978-605-75665-1-5
Product TypeBook
BindingPaperback
Publishing year2019
Publishing date01/07/2019
Pages622 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 156 mm, Height 234 mm, Thickness 36 mm
Weight987 g
Article no.39079327
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Anthony trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected english novelists of the victorian era. he wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day. in 1867 trollope left his position in the british post office to run for parliament as a liberal candidate in 1868. after he lost, he concentrated entirely on his literary career. while continuing to produce novels rapidly, he also edited the st paul's magazine, which published several of his novels in serial form. his first major success came with the warden (1855) - the first of six novels set in the fictional county of barsetshire. the comic masterpiece barchester towers (1857) has probably become the best-known of these. trollope's popularity and critical success diminished in his later years, but he continued to write prolifically, and some of his later novels have acquired a good reputation. in particular, critics generally acknowledge the sweeping satire the way we live now (1875) as his masterpiece. in all, trollope wrote forty-seven novels, as well as dozens of short stories and a few books on travel.