The first book in the new series, `Writers and their Contexts', to be published by EER.
Who is more open with posterity than Anthony Trollope? What other Victorian novelist of eminence exposed himself more frankly than the Chronicler of Barsetshire? We have the evidence of Trollope's own aggressively truth-telling Autobiography to assure us on that score.
However, on a decades long immersion in Trollope texts and Trollopian scholarship, John Sutherland has his doubts ... as laid out in this entertaining volume.
John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College, London. His books include Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in Nineteenth-century Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1996); Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction (OUP, 1997); Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet? Further Puzzles in Classic Fiction (OUP, 1999); Henry V, War Criminal? & Other Shakespeare Puzzles, with Cedric Watts (OUP, 2000); Last Drink to LA (Faber & Faber, 2001); The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (2nd edition, Routledge, 2009); The Boy Who Loved Books: A Memoir (John Murray, 2007); Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives (Profile Books, 2011), A Little History of Literature (Yale University Press, 2013), and George Orwell (Reaktion Books, 2016).