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When the Whigs are determined to overturn the Tory majority in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, they ask Phineas Finn to run for office again. But when his opponent wins the election, is it a true win or is something nefarious in the works?
Phineas Redux was originally published as a serial in "Graphic," It is the fourth novel in the "Palliser" series. This volume is the first of two.
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.
"Having discovered Trollope only late in life, I have abandoned all other novelists for him, and have to discipline myself not to touch him before 9 pm."
"It is in these chapters...that have to do with Kennedy's growing madness [and] Laura Kennedy's love for Phineas...that Trollope is at his very finest--an absolute modern. No post-war psychoanalytic realist can teach him anything. He seems in these passages to know all the morbid obscurities of the human heart."
From the Publisher
The circumstances of the general election of 18__ will be well remembered by all those who take an interest in the political matters of the country.
This much darker sequel to PHINEAS FINN is the fourth novel in Trollope's Palliser series. Phineas Finn returns to London from Ireland after the death of his first wife, and is once again elected to Parliament. When one of his political enemies is murdered, Phineas is indicted and imprisoned and, though he is acquitted, he resigns his seat. In addition to the multitudinous romantic plots, including Phineas's involvement with Laura Kennedy and her insane husband, this wide-ranging political novel deals with such contemporary issues as the bribing of electors and the disestablishment of the Church of England.