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  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141199863
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 934
  • RRP: $9.99

The Last Chronicle of Barset

Penguin English Library




This sensitive depiction of an anguished, self-destructive man is the story of impoverished Reverend Josiah Crawley, who uses a large cheque to pay his debts and is accused of theft. The charge sends shockwaves through Barsetshire as its citizens become bitterly divided. Domineering Mrs Proudie, wife of the bishop, is convinced of Crawley's guilt and attempts to hound him out of his job, while his family stand by him and strive to maintain their dignity - even when the scandal threatens to destroy Crawley's sanity. This final volume is the darkest and most complex of all the Barsetshire novels.

The sixth book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire.

  • Pub date: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141199863
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 934
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope was born on 24 April 1815 and attended both Harrow and Winchester schools. His family were poor and eventually were forced to move to Belgium, where his father died. His mother, Frances Trollope, supported the family through writing. Trollope began a life-long career in the civil service with a position as a clerk in the General Post Office in London – he is also credited with later introducing the pillar box. He published his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran in 1847, but his fourth novel, The Warden (1855) began the series of 'Barsetshire' novels for which he was to become best known. This series of five novels featuring interconnecting characters spanned twenty years of Trollope's career as a novelist, as did the 'Palliser' series. He wrong over 47 novels in total, as well as short stories, biographies, travel books and his own autobiography, which was published posthumously in 1883. Trollope resigned from the Post Office in 1867 and stood for Parliament as a Liberal, though he was not elected. He died on 6 December 1882.

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