With the publication of this volume we complete the series of Trollope's six Barsetshire novels in the Everyman Library. The Small House is perhaps Trollope's gentlest and most charming story, less satirical than its predecessors in the Barchester series, less shaded with tragic overtones then The Last Chronicle. The characters are drawn with humour and affection, the social and political landscape in which they live shrewdly etched, and the story of Lily Dale is generally agreed to be among Trollope's most successful attempts to portray the psychology of love.
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Author Biography - Anthony Trollope
Anthony Trollope was born on 24 April 1815 and attended both Harrow and Winchester schools. His family were poor and eventually were forced to move to Belgium, where his father died. His mother, Frances Trollope, supported the family through writing. Trollope began a life-long career in the civil service with a position as a clerk in the General Post Office in London - he is also credited with later introducing the pillar box. He published his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran in 1847, but his fourth novel, The Warden (1855) began the series of 'Barsetshire' novels for which he was to become best known. This series of five novels featuring interconnecting characters spanned twenty years of Trollope's career as a novelist, as did the 'Palliser' series. He wrong over 47 novels in total, as well as short stories, biographies, travel books and his own autobiography, which was published posthumously in 1883. Trollope resigned from the Post Office in 1867 and stood for Parliament as a Liberal, though he was not elected. He died on 6 December 1882.