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An Autobiography

and Other Writings

Second Edition

Anthony Trollope
Edited by Nicholas Shrimpton

May 2016

ISBN: 9780199675296

368 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's account offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. This edition shows how he exaggerated to create his compelling narrative, and includes other writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was.

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The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's account offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. This edition shows how he exaggerated to create his compelling narrative, and includes other writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to literature really was.

  • The only autobiography of a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's work is fascinating for the insight it gives into Trollope's creative process, his thoughts on fiction and fiction writers, and his daily writing life.
  • This edition includes a selection of Trollope's critical writing about the novel, supplementing his observations in An Autobiography and establishing the seriousness with which he thought about the novel's form as well as the practice of novel-writing.
  • Nicholas Shrimpton's introduction considers the ways in which Trollope shapes An Autobiography and argues for its importance as a classic of the genre.
  • Comprehensive notes, up-to-date bibliography, and index

New to this edition

  • The inclusion of a selection of Trollope's critical writing about the novel which supplement his discussion of fiction within the Autobiography and confirm the seriousness of his thinking about the creative and theoretical aspects of his work.
  • Introduction by Nicholas Shrimpton that reassesses the compelling narrative of the Autobiography and Trollope's approach to his craft.
  • New Select Bibliography and comprehensive notes.
  • New Chronology and Note on the Text.
  • Uses the 1883 first edition text and not that of the manuscript.

About the Author(s)

Anthony Trollope

Edited by Nicholas Shrimpton, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Nicholas Shrimpton is the editor of Trollope's The Prime Minister (2011) and The Warden (2014) for Oxford World's Classics.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Chronology
    An Autobiography
    Trollope on Jane Austen
    'On English Prose Fiction as a Rational Amusement'
    from Thackeray
    from 'The Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne
    from 'A Walk in the Wood'
    Appendix: passages omitted from the Manuscript
    Explanatory Notes
    Index

Reviews

"Trollope is one of my favourite authors & his autobiography is a portrait of a lovable man who survived a miserable childhood & created a happy life for himself, both personally & professionally as a novelist." - I Prefer Reading