Chronicles of Barsetshire
The Chronicles of Barsetshire (or, in more recent UK usage, the Barchester Chronicles) is a series of six novels by the English author Anthony Trollope, set in the fictitious English county of Barsetshire (located roughly in the West Country) and its cathedral town of Barchester. The novels concern the dealings of the clergy and the gentry, and the political, amatory, and social manœuvrings that go on among and between them. Of the six novels, the second in the series, Barchester Towers, is generally the best known, while the last was Trollope's own favorite. Together, the series is regarded by many as Trollope's finest work.
The novels in the series are:
Realism or romance
Nathaniel Hawthorne praised the novels for their realism, "as if some giant had hewn a great lump out of the earth and put it under a glass case, with all its inhabitants going about their daily business"; - a view widely echoed elsewhere. By the time of the Second World War, however, with the enchantments of distance, they could be read more as romances of the past.
- I. Ousby ed., The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (1995) p. 61
- I. Ousby ed., The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (1995) p. 531
- D. Daiches ed., The Penguin Companion to Literature I (1971) p. 527
- M. Cowley ed., The Portable Hawthorne (1978) p. 688
- Deidre Le Faye ed., Jane Austen's Letters (1996) p. xiii and p. xviii
- Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism (1973) p. 307
- Barchester novels at eBooks@Adelaide:
- Classical references in the Barsetshire series of novels, researched by students from Hendrix College.
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