The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The Warden by Anthony Trollope is the first novel of the series Chronicles of Barsetshire, published in 1855, and his fourth novel. The author was located in Ireland at the time he first decided to start writing. The filled the pages with slices of the country and observed them industriously. Although his two first books were failures, Trollope’s work slowly evolved.

George Orwell called The Warden by Anthony Trollope one of his best work and his most successful novel. Archdeacon Grantley is built as an odious character, very aware of his trait, but he still prefers him to John Bold. The novel also contains a subtle attack on Charles Dickens, because the author found it hard to sympathize with his reforming zeal. Nevertheless, Anthony Trollope managed to turn from his false starts and animated guide books.

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The change can be considered a lucky accident. The writer traveled for two years in six counties after he was given the job of organizing country posts in South West England. It was his first experience of Britain outside London and he had the opportunity to visit many places and met many people. The combination of variety and hurry was the fuel his imagination needed to grow. The Warden by Anthony Trollope was based on those events and pieced together from memories of them all. The book was planned in one summer evening in Salisbury and its map was more imaginative than geographical.

Anthony Trollope confesses that the archdeacon, a life like character who he very fond of, is in fact the result of an effort of his moral consciousness. Moreover, the clergy who were the main characters are not people the author know. He had never lived in a cathedral city except London. The Warden by Anthony Trollope is actually a truly imaginative novel, the first of the Barsetshire series. The author’s gift for using his moral imagination to create characters was developed through years of day-dreaming. Although he never was a duke or a king, he was a clever Xenon whom women adored. The genuine and passionate moral imagination was the essence of the author’s approach to the novel and his means of insight into characters.

The Warden was one of the novels to follow in its disregard for plot, incompatible with Trollope’s choice of characters to involve in complicated and sensational situations. However, it doesn’t matter how they were set in motion, the important thing was that they were doing something and living their lives. The writer posed them a problem about the proper use of church endowments even if he was not fully aware of its rights and wrongs. The fact that he needed the opportunity to let his imagination run wild was more important and in that process characters came alive.