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Phineas Finn

New Edition

Anthony Trollope
Edited by Simon Dentith

10 November 2011

ISBN: 9780199581436

640 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Phineas Finn, the handsome Irishman, is intent on making a career in government. His love life marches hand in hand with his political career, and in both he must decide whether to stay true to his principles. The second ofTrollope's Palliser novels, Phineas Finn paints a vivid picture of some very topical dilemmas.

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Phineas Finn, the handsome Irishman, is intent on making a career in government. His love life marches hand in hand with his political career, and in both he must decide whether to stay true to his principles. The second ofTrollope's Palliser novels, Phineas Finn paints a vivid picture of some very topical dilemmas.

  • Through the engaging figure of the handsome Irishman Phineas Finn, Trollope explores the realities of political life, and the clash between compromise and conviction that is as topical today as it was in the 1860s. Phineas's love life is as fraught as his political career, in the second of Trollope's Palliser novels.
  • In his introduction Simon Dentith looks at the British political context and the interwoven strands of politics, the rights of women and their struggle for equality in marriage. He considers the novel's interesting publishing history and Trollope's own parliamentary ambitions.
  • Invaluable appendix outlines the political context of the Palliser novels and establishes the internal chronology of the series and the relationship between fictional and actual political events, providing a unique understanding of the series as a linked narrative.
  • Second appendix on the passage of the second Reform Act of 1867, a controversial measure that extended the franchise and was the subject of heated Conservative and Liberal debate.
  • Biographical Preface provides a compact biography of Anthony Trollope, and a Chronology charts his life against the major historical events of the period.
  • Explanatory Notes provide essential information concerning the political personalities behind their fictional counterparts and key debates concerning extension of the franchise, the ballot, and John Stuart Mill's proposal of votes for women.

New to this edition

  • Introduction, select bibliography, and explanatory notes by Simon Dentith.
  • Biographical Preface outlining Trollope's life, and new Chronology.
  • Appendix outlining the political context of the Palliser novels and establishing the internal chronology of the series and the relationship between fictional and actual political events, providing a unique understanding of the series as a linked narrative.
  • Improved print appearance with an entirely reset text.

About the Author(s)

Anthony Trollope

Edited by Simon Dentith, Professor of English, University of Reading

Simon Dentith is a former President of the British Association for Victorian Studies and he has published widely on nineteenth-century topics. His most recent publication is Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain (CUP, 2006).

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