Anthony Trollope presents a sympathetic view of one of England’s most prolific novelists. The emphasis is on family life, particularly on Trollope’s relationship to his forceful mother, his weak father, his bullying older brother (Mother’s favorite), and above all, to his wife Rose.
Glendinning shows us the disjunction between the outer man (a hearty, roast-beef type of Englishman) and the inner self, and how Trollope’s unhappy childhood fueled the need to create a fantasy life in fiction.
Above all, Trollope speaks for himself. Drawing from his 47 books, this tapestry shows us how he felt about everything from flirting and democracy to architecture and crinolines.