Anthony Trollope
Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era
Victorian era
The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence...

. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire
Chronicles of Barsetshire
The Chronicles of Barsetshire is a series of six novels by the English author Anthony Trollope, set in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester...

, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire
Barsetshire is a fictional British county created by Anthony Trollope, which is featured in the series of novels known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire". The county town and cathedral town is Barchester...

. He also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical conflicts of his day.

Noted fans have included Sir Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
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 (who never travelled without a Trollope novel), former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan
Harold Macmillan
Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC was Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963....

 and Sir John Major
John Major
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, economist John Kenneth Galbraith
John Kenneth Galbraith
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, English judge Lord Denning, American novelists Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton
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 and Dominick Dunne
Dominick Dunne
Dominick John Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist, whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways in which high society interacts with the judicial system...

 and soap opera writer Harding Lemay
Harding Lemay
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Men who cannot believe in the mystery of our Saviour's redemption can believe that spirits from the dead have visited them in a stranger's parlour, because they see a table shake and do not know how it is shaken; because they hear a rapping on a board, and cannot see the instrument that raps it; because they are touched in the dark, and do not know the hand that touches them.

The New Zealander (Oxford, 1965), p. 73.

No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.

The Bertrams (1859), ch. 27

It would seem that the full meaning of the word marriage can never be known by those who, at their first outspring into life, are surrounded by all that money can give. It requires the single sitting-room, the single fire, the necessary little efforts of self-devotion, the inward declaration that some struggle shall be made for that other one.

The Bertrams, ch. 30

Marvellous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.

Rachel Ray, ch. 11. (1863)

The affair simply amounted to this, that they were to eat their dinner uncomfortably in a field instead of comfortably in the dining room.

Can You Forgive Her?|Can You Forgive Her?, ch. 78 (1864)

Men who can succeed in deceiving no one else will succeed at last in deceiving themselves.

Miss Mackenzie, ch. 13. (1865)

The good and the bad mix themselves so thoroughly in our thoughts, even in our aspirations, that we must look for excellence rather in overcoming evil than in freeing ourselves from its influence.

He Knew He Was Right|He Knew He Was Right, ch. 60. (1869)

It was admitted by all her friends, and also by her enemies— who were in truth the more numerous and active body of the two— that Lizzie Greystock had done very well with herself.

The Eustace Diamonds|The Eustace Diamonds (1873) First lines

To be alone with the girl to whom he is not engaged, is a man's delight;— to be alone with the man to whom she is engaged is the woman's.

The Eustace Diamonds, ch. 18