The Warden

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The first of Trollope's popular Barsetshire novels, set in the fictional cathedral town of Barchester, "The Warden "centers on the honorable cleric Septimus Harding, one of Trollope's most memorable characters. When Harding is accused of mismanaging church funds, his predicament lays bare the complexities of the Victorian world and of nineteenth-century provincial life. And, as Louis Auchincloss observes in his Introduction, "The theme of "The Warden" presents the kind of social problem that always fascinated Trollope: the inevitable clash of ancient privilege with modern social awareness."

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812967043
SKU 31071894
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812967046
Release Date 4/1/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Louis Auchincloss
Raised in New York City, Louis Auchincloss was connected with many prominent families in the upper-class milieu in which his novels are set. (He was related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by marriage.) Auchincloss went to Yale and the University of Virginia Law School, married in 1957, and had three sons. He served in World War II in intelligence and as a naval commander. For most of his adult life, in addition to writing novels, Auchincloss practiced law in New York. He is regarded as the primary fictional chronicler of a certain way of life--of the genteel, hyper-civilized, securely wealthy world that was written about, before him, by Edith Wharton, whom he considered one of his major inspirations as a writer. Auchincloss died at the age of 92 from complications of a stroke.
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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"I had realized to myself a series of portraits, and had been able so to put them on the canvas that my readers should see that which I meant them to see."
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Annotation The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, THE WARDEN explores the ethical dilemma of the Rev. Septimus Harding, the gentle, cello-playing warden of a charitable home for elderly men. Unjustly accused of receiving money to which he is not entitled, the modest and self-doubting Harding insists on resigning, feeling that his honor has been tarnished. Meanwhile, his repentant accuser (an overzealous surgeon) marries Rev. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.
First Line The Reverend Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of ___; let us call it Barchester.
Editors Note The first of Trollope’s popular Barsetshire novels, set in the fictional cathedral town of Barchester, The Warden centers on the honorable cleric Septimus Harding, one of Trollope’s most memorable characters. When Harding is accused of mismanaging church funds, his predicament lays bare the complexities of the Victorian world and of nineteenth-century provincial life. And, as Louis Auchincloss observes in his Introduction, “The theme of The Warden presents the kind of social problem that always fascinated Trollope: the inevitable clash of ancient privilege with modern social awareness.”
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Modern Library

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