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Cousin Henry Trollope, Anthony                        1 of 1
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1934648388
ISBN-13: 9781934648384
Sku: 206863067
Publish Date: 1/28/2008
Pages:  204
Age Range:  NA
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"I have a conscience, my dear, on this matter," said an old gentleman to a young lady, as the two were sitting in the breakfast parlor of a country house which looked down from the cliffs over the sea on the coast of Carmarthenshire. (from the first line)
Cousin Henry (1879) by Anthony Trollope, is one of the more non-traditional storylines of its time, subverting expectations and dwelling deeper into the psychology of character. And still it contains all the elements for which the author is so well-loved, the ups and downs, tragedy and joy of relationships, rendered with the sensibility of Jane Austen and the quirky humor of Dickens.

Henry Jones, a vacillating and weak man is faced with the moral dilemma of telling the truth about a lost will in favor of another relative or keeping an inheritance that is not rightfully his.

One of Trollope's many novels dealing with questions of property and inheritance, COUSIN HENRY tells the story of an old man torn between two possible heirs: a nephew he dislikes, and the devoted niece who has looked after him for many years. In other words, he must either accept the traditional obligation to leave property to the closest male relative, or take a more unorthodox path and provide for someone he loves and is close to. Trollope's exploration of his dilemma is remarkably sensitive and forward-looking for a Victorian paterfamilias.
Author Bio
Anthony Trollope
Trollope worked as a civil servant in the post office until he was 52, at the same time traveling extensively in Britain, the U. S., and Europe. He turned his foreign journeys into travel books and his observations on English life into 47 novels. His books deal with most of the typical themes of Victorian literature: class, money, status, youth and age, marriage and sexual mores, and the crisis in the institutions of the Church of England. Each of the novels is self-contained, but many characters, locales, and situations recur. At the age of 57, he suffered a paralytic stroke while laughing at a family read-aloud session, and died a month later.
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