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An Autobiography

and Other Writings
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Anthony Trollope
Oxford World's Classics
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This classic study of the working life of a professional writer is one of the best - and also one of the strangest - autobiographies ever written. After a miserable childhood and misspent youth, Trollope turned his life around at the age of twenty-six. By 1860 the 'hobbledehoy' had become both a senior civil servant and a best-selling novelist. He worked for the Post Office for many years and stood unsuccessfully for Parliament. Best-known for the two series ofnovels grouped loosely around the clerical and political professions, the Barsetshire and Palliser series, in his Autobiography Trollope frankly describes his writing habits. His apparent preoccupation with contracts, deadlines, and earnings, and his account of the remorseless regularity with which he
produced his daily quota of words, has divided opinion ever since.

As the Introduction to this edition shows, Trollope selected and exaggerated to create his compelling narrative of initial failure and eventual success, and the inspiration that fuelled his creative imagination has too easily been overlooked. The only autobiography by a major Victorian novelist, Trollope's record offers a fascinating insight into his literary life and opinions. This edition also includes a selection of his critical writings to show how subtle and complex his approach to
literature really was.
Introduction; Note on the Text; Chronology; An Autobiography; Trollope on Jane Austen; 'On English Prose Fiction as a Rational Amusement'; from Thackeray; from 'The Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne; from 'A Walk in the Wood'; Appendix: passages omitted from the Manuscript; Explanatory Notes; Index

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