The Way We Live Now
By (author) Anthony Trollope
Edited by Frank Kermode
Introduction by Frank Kermode
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Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Book Description"The Way We Live Now" is Anthony Trollope's radical exploration of the dangers associated with speculative capitalism, edited with an introduction and notes by Frank Kermode in "Penguin Classics". Augustus Melmotte is a fraudulent foreign financier who preys on dissolute nobility - using charm to tempt the weak into making foolish investments in his dubious schemes. Persuaded to put money into a notional plot to run a railroad from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, the capricious gambler Felix Carbury soon becomes one of his victims. But as Melmotte climbs higher in society, his web of deceit - which also draws in characters as diverse as his own daughter Marie and Felix's mother, the pulp novelist Lady Carbury - begins to unravel. A radical exploration of the dangers associated with speculative capitalism, this is a fascinating satire about a society on the verge of moral bankruptcy. Frank Kermode's introduction explores the real-life inspiration for Trollope's masterly satire. This edition also includes detailed notes. Anthony Trollope (1815-82) had an unhappy childhood characterised by a stark contrast between his family's high social standing and their comparative poverty. He wrote his earliest novels while working as a Post Office inspector, but did not meet with success until the publication of the first of his 'Barsetshire novels', "The Warden" (1855). As well as writing over forty novels, including such popular works as "Can You Forgive Her?" (1865), "Phineas Finn" (1869), "He Knew He Was Right" (1869) and "The Way We Live Now" (1875) Trollope is credited with introducing the postbox to England. If you enjoyed "The Way We Live Now", you might like William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Trollope's masterpiece ...its examination of how hopes of easy money can corrupt remains relevant today". ("Observer").
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140433920
(198mm x 129mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anthony Trollope
Way We Live Now, Paperback (July 2016)
Melmotte is an outsider of obscure origins and riches. A ruthless financier, he charms the rich and powerful elite into investing in dubious schemes. He conspires his way to political influence, his rise swift due to the corrupt society he invades. The Way We Live Now is a lurid tale-of-the-times with one of fiction's most memorable villains
Barchester Towers, Hardback (March 2016)
'What! to come here a stranger, a young, unknown, and unfriended stranger, and tell us, in the name of the bishop his master, that we are ignorant of our duties, old-fashioned, and useless!' Trollope's comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed.
Small House at Allington, Hardback (March 2016)» View all books by Anthony Trollope
Engaged to the ambitious and self-serving Adolphus Crosbie, Lily Dale is devastated when he jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although crushed by his faithlessness, Lily still believes she is bound to her unworthy former fiance for life and therefore condemned to remain single after his betrayal.
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Author Biography - Anthony Trollope
Anthony Trollope, British novelist (1815-1882)
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