The Warden

The Warden

Book - 1991
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Anthony Trollope's The Warden is the first of his well-loved Chronicles of Barsetshire , edited with an introduction and notes by Robin Gilmour in Penguin Classics.The tranquil atmosphere of the cathedral town of Barchester is shattered when a scandal breaks concerning the financial affairs of a Church-run almshouse for elderly men. In the ensuing furore, Septimus Harding, the almshouse's well-meaning warden, finds himself pitted against his daughter's suitor Dr John Bold, a zealous local reformer. Matters are not improved when Harding's abrasive son-in law, Archdeacon Grantly, leaps into the fray to defend him against a campaign Bold begins in the national press. An affectionate and wittily satirical view of the workings of the Church of England, The Warden is also a subtle exploration of the rights and wrongs of moral crusades and, in its account of Harding's intensely felt personal drama, a moving depiction of the private impact of public affairs.In his introduction, Robin Gilmour examines Trollope's background and his influences, especially his use of contemporary newspaper scandals. This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes.Anthony Trollope (1815-82) had an unhappy childhood characterised by a stark contrast between his family's high social standing and their comparative poverty. He wrote his earliest novels while working as a Post Office inspector, but did not meet with success until the publication of the first of his 'Barsetshire novels', The Warden (1855). As well as writing over forty novels, including such popular works as Can You Forgive Her? (1865) , Phineas Finn (1869) , He Knew He Was Right (1869) and The Way We Live Now (1875) Trollope is credited with introducing the postbox to England.If you enjoyed The Warden , you might like Trollope's The Way We Live Now , also available in Penguin Classics.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1991
ISBN: 9780140432145
9780812967043
0812967046
9780679405511
0679405518
Branch Call Number: FICTION TROLLOPE
Characteristics: xxxiii, 203 p. ; 21 cm

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EuSei Feb 16, 2014

[Mr. Harding] still looked mutely in his face, making the slightest possible passes with an imaginary fiddle bow, and stopping, as he did so, sundry imaginary strings with the finger of his other hand. 'Twas his constant consolation in conversational troubles.

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

He has all those qualities which are likely to touch a girl's heart. He is brave, eager, and amusing; well-made and good-looking; young and enterprising; his character is in all respects good; he has sufficient income to support a wife; he is her father's friend; and above all, he is in love with her. Then why should not Eleanor Harding be attached to John Bold?

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

[O]ld customs need not necessarily be evil, and that changes may possibly be dangerous [...].

EuSei Feb 16, 2014

The bishop did not whistle: we believe that they lose the power of doing so on being consecrated.

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EuSei Feb 16, 2014

Very enjoyable first volume of the Barsetshire Chronicles. Interesting characters, sometimes in very comical situations. Their names could also be very evocative. Mr. Public Sentiment, a writer of inflammatory rhetoric whose newest novel was the “Almshouse”; Dr. Pessimist Anticant, a “Scotchman, who had passed a great portion of his early days in Germany” examining things and “their intrinsic worth and worthlessness”; Sir Abraham Haphazard, who “always sparkled,” “was a man to be sought for on great emergencies,” but had “no heat.” Trollope had a problem with the media then—which I can relate today. According to him “the public is defrauded when it is purposely misled. Poor public! how often it is misled! against what a world of fraud has it to contend!” And he correctly proclaimed that a newspaper article was nothing “but an expression of the views taken by one side?” True: “Ridiculum acri Fortius et melius magnas plerumque secat res.” He attacked journalists’ unaccountability in the person of the Jupiter’s journalist: “But to whom was he, Tom Towers, responsible?” Towers was “able and willing to guide all men in all things, so long as he is obeyed as autocrat should be obeyed.” The newspaper's evocative name, Jupiter, brings us to Mount Olympus (chapter XV) from where the gods—journalists—would be systematically dictating the opinions to be embraced by the mortals—the “poor public.” Fine humor, brilliant writing, definitely a must read.

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A great little book about a simple English clergyman who stands up for himself against the more "practical" world. I couldn't put it down.

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