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Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers

Mr. Harding is a gentle Church of England priest in Barchester who is in charge of a home of 12 retired men. When a reformer challenges his charge of the home, a scandal erupts and Mr. Harding ultimately resigns. His son-in-law, the archdeacon, tries to dominate the old man, but Harding, in his kind way, refuses to do what he is told. He is the man of principle surrounded by those who would use the church for their own purposes. Harding's daughter, Eleanor, must choose between numerous suitors. The machinations of the aristocrats, the leaders of the church, and the humble men who serve society are faithfully drawn as Trollope explores the role of the church, power, and marriage in Victorian society.

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  • "Mr. Harding is a gentle Church of England priest in Barchester who is in charge of a home of 12 retired men. When a reformer challenges his charge of the home, a scandal erupts and Mr. Harding ultimately resigns. His son-in-law, the archdeacon, tries to dominate the old man, but Harding, in his kind way, refuses to do what he is told. He is the man of principle surrounded by those who would use the church for their own purposes. Harding's daughter, Eleanor, must choose between numerous suitors. The machinations of the aristocrats, the leaders of the church, and the humble men who serve society are faithfully drawn as Trollope explores the role of the church, power, and marriage in Victorian society."@en
  • "Mr. Harding is a gentle Church of England priest in Barchester who is in charge of a home of 12 retired men. When a reformer challenges his charge of the home, a scandal erupts and Mr. Harding ultimately resigns. His son-in-law, the archdeacon, tries to dominate the old man, but Harding, in his kind way, refuses to do what he is told. He is the man of principle surrounded by those who would use the church for their own purposes. Harding's daughter, Eleanor, must choose between numerous suitors. The machinations of the aristocrats, the leaders of the church, and the humble men who serve society are faithfully drawn as Trollope explores the role of the church, power, and marriage in Victorian society."
  • "His 1857 sequel to The Warden wryly chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester. The evangelical but not particularly competent new bishop is Dr. Proudie, who with his awful wife and oily curate, Slope, maneuver for power. -Amazon.com."@en
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more 'ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are 'political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr Slope, the hen-pecked Dr Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership."
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester."
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. In this novel Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, introducing that oily symbol of progress Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie and the amiable Stanhope family. Fully illustrated, this new edition is edited by John Sutherland, a well-known authority on Trollope and Victorian fiction. --Publisher."
  • "The much loved bishop having died, all expectations are that his son, Archdeacon Grantly, also a clergyman, will gain the office in his place. Instead, owing to the passage of the power of patronage to a new Prime Minister, a newcomer, Bishop Proudie, gains the see. His wife, Mrs Proudie, exercises an undue influence over the new bishop, making herself unpopular with right-thinking members of the clergy and their families. Her interference in the reappointment of the universally popular Mr Septimus Harding (hero of Trollope's earlier novel, The Warden) as warden of the hospital is not well received, even though she gives the position to a needy clergyman with a large family to support. Even less popular than Mrs Proudie is the bishop's newly appointed chaplain, the hypocritical Mr Obadiah Slope, who takes a fancy to Harding's wealthy widowed daughter, Eleanor Bold, and hopes to win her favour by interfering in the controversy over the wardenship. Summoned by the local clergy to protect their interests against the Proudies and Mr Slope is another clergyman, the brilliant Mr Arabin. Arabin also falls in love with Eleanor, and she with him. After some misunderstandings, they become engaged. Mr Slope's double-dealing is revealed, and he is dismissed by Mrs Proudie.--From Wikipedia."@en
  • "The old bishop dies, the archdeacon, Dr. Grantly fails to succeed him and a new bishop, Dr. Proudie is appointed. Dr. Grantly gains a worthy foe, not the new bishop but his wife, Mrs. Proudie, strict sabatarian and power behind the Episcopal throne together with the bishop's chaplain, Mr. Slope."@en
  • "The second of the author's series of six BARSETSHIRE NOVELS and is considered to be his funniest. Set in Barchester, a cathedral town in the west of England, the novel opens with the political appointment of Dr. Proudie as the new bishop of Barchester. This event sets up the main conflict of the novel--the traditional (represented by the High Church forces, led by Archdeacon Grantly) versus the new (represented by the Low Church newcomers, led by Mrs. Proudie and, initially, her protege, the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope). Both forces contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital. A major subplot concerns Slope's unsuccessful attempts to marry into money."@en
  • ""Citizens enjoy their daily lives in Barchester, an English cathedral town, during the 19th century.""
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. It is the behavior of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter, Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress, Mr. Slope; the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skillfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership."
  • "CLASSIC FICTION. This is an unabridged reading of the classic novel by Anthony Trollope. The sequel to "The Warden, Barchester Towers" chronicles the struggle for control of the diocese between the waspishly ruthless Mrs Proudie, wife of the new Bishop, and Obadiah Slope, the Bishop's oily and hypocritical chaplain. But Mr Slope's insistent advocacy of Mr Harding for the wardenship of Hiram's Hospital is not prompted only by the desire to oppose Mrs Proudie's wishes. He also hopes to win the hand of Mrs Bold, Mr Harding's widowed daughter. His own machinations, however, soon threaten to entrap him. It is read by Timothy West."
  • "Written as a sequel to "The Warden", this is the second book of the Barsetshire novels. Described as humorous, this wonderful novel that interweaves power, love, greed, and deceit in Barchester."@en
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope''s most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more `ecclesiastical'' than his Palliser novels are `political''. It is the behavior of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr. Harding a."@en
  • "<Em>Barchester Towers</em> is the second of Trollope's six Barsetshire novels, following on directly from <em>The Warden</em>, though each novel is complete in itself."@en
  • "A small, mid-19th century English cathedral town is the setting for this gently-paced story of intrigues sparked by petty gossip."
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more |ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are |political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and."@en
  • "Dr. Proudie has just been appointed as the new bishop of Barchester, and conflict arises between the High Church forces and the Low Church newcomers. Both forces contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital."
  • "Barchester towers is the story of the church war that takes place between Mrs Proudie, the wife of Barsetshire's newly installed bishop, and Mr Slope, the sly, scheming chaplain."
  • "Anthony Trollope was well aware that the seemingly parochial power struggles that determine the action of Barchester Towers -- struggles whose comic possibilities he exploits to hilarious effect -- actually went to the heart of mid-Victorian English society, and had, in other times and other guises, led to civil war and constitutional upheaval. This awareness heightens the comedy and intensifies the drama in this magnificent novel and it transforms the story of a fight for ascendency among the clergy and dependants of a great English cathedral into something fundamental and universal. This is the second novel in Trollope's Barsetshire series--Publisher."
  • "Life in a cathedral town during the mid-Victorian days."
  • "Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding andh."@en
  • "Clerical feuds in Barchester centre round Mr. Slope, The Bishop's Chaplain, and Mrs. Proudie, the Bishop's wife."
  • "Sequel to The warden."@en
  • "Classic satiric story of mid-Victorian manners and morality.__"@en
  • "Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:<UL type=disc><LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Biographies of the authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Footnotes and endnotes <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Comments by other famous authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Bibliographies for further reading <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt class=MsoNormal>The second and most popular of Trollope's six Barsetshire novels, Barchester Towers chronicles the struggles for power and position in an imaginary county in Victorian England. Passions start seething when an outsider, Dr. Proudie, is appointed bishop of Barchester. Soon, his ambitious, domineering wife and the smarmy, scheming curate, Mr. Slope, are hatching plots and counter-plots as they try to control the choice of a new warden for Hiram's Hospital and a new husband for Eleanor, a lovely young widow and the daughter of the former warden, Mr. Harding.<P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt class=MsoNormal> <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt class=MsoNormal>The novel combines the realism of later fiction (including Trollope's own) with such Victorian devices as Dickensian character names and a comically interruptive narrator. The narrator's sharply satiric comments enhance the story's richness, while his playful, reassuring, and mocking asides subvert the reader's expectations, giving the book an unexpectedly post-modernist flavor. Ultimately, we see that Trollope's characters' petty jealousies, selfishness, and meanness are not metaphors for larger issues, they are the issues—the same human failings that, in other contexts, can lead to serious social strife and civil unrest.<P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt class=MsoNormal> <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt>Edward Mendelson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is W. H. Auden's literary executor and has written widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels."
  • "Barchester Towers is the second book in Trollope's well-loved "Barsetshire Trilogy," which follows the trials and tribulations of the inhabitants of an imagined cathedral town, Barchester. The controversial and unexpected appointment of the new bishop creates rivalries and intrigue."@en
  • "Written as a sequel to "The Warden", this is the second book of the Barsetshire novels."
  • "The residents and clergy of Barchester are faced with the continuation of the wardenship controversy, the tyranny of the controlling Mrs. Proudie (the new bishop's spouse), and the insinuating onslaught of hypocrite and social climber Mr. Obadiah Slope -- to amusing effect, and culminating in rather satisfying circumstances."

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