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The Victorian Web: Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now -- An Overview
This The Way We Live Now site, at The Victorian Web -- internet resource for Victorian literature classes at Brown University -- presents information on the novel's social, political, and religious contexts, themes, characterization, and more. For more about Trollope, visit Anthony Trollope: An Overview. The Victorian Web is maintained by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History at Brown University.

Guardian Unlimited Observer : Comment - The Way We Write Now
In anticipation of the television adaptation of Trollope's The Way We Live Now, Tim Adams of the Guardian Observer reflects on why today's British fiction has turned away from contemporary social critique.

Financial Fiction
If dollar signs and power trips intrigue you, Roy Davies has a reading list with your name on it! With economics professors and a banker-turned-novelist in the family, Davies' interest in the history of money is long-standing. His site on the financial fiction genre covers authors from Chaucer to the present.

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Anthony Trollope

The Trollope Society
The Trollope Society, with branches in New York and London, was founded to promote interest in and awareness of Trollope's work. The London Society was founded in 1987 in order to print a uniform edition of Trollope's 47 novels, now complete. In addition to membership information, find a biography of Anthony Trollope and a map of his fictional Barsetshire county.

Trollope Society Short Story Prize
To encourage interest in Anthony Trollope's novels, the Trollope Society has established an annual short story competition. The emphasis is on reading -- and writing -- for fun. The winner of the competition, open to secondary-school (pre-university) students from the ages of fifteen to nineteen, will receive a £1,000 ($1,400 USD) and his or her story will be published in the Society's quarterly journal, Trollopiana.

Lawyers Who Love Trollope
In April 2001, Valentine Cunningham, professor of English Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, presented a lecture on family law and Victorian fiction (emphasizing Trollope) to members of the New York Bar Association. The organizers included the matrimonial committee of the Bar Association and the Trollope Society. Strange bedfellows? Rebecca Mead, staff writer for The New Yorker since 1997, describes the event.

Yahoo! Groups: Trollope
Trollope fans, unite! This reading group was founded online by Elizabeth Thomsen in 1994. Subscribers can read Trollope's works in weekly segments and engage in specific literary and Victorian-era discussions with other members.

Anthony Trollope
Did you know that Trollope worked for 33 years in the British postal service, and is credited with introducing the red mailboxes for outgoing letters, known as pillar-boxes, to Britain? Read more about Trollope's life and lesser-known career as a civil servant at Books and Writers, a Finnish resource on literary figures from Virgil to contemporary authors.

Bibliomania: Free Online Literature and Study Guides
Learn more about Trollope's life and his inspiration for the popular Barsetshire series. The novel that established his reputation, The Warden, is available in e-text, as is the popular Barsetshire sequel, Barchester Towers, and accompanying study guide. Several of Trollope's short stories are also available here.

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The Real Melmotte?
Augustus Melmotte, chief villain in The Way We Live Now, has been compared to many contemporary and modern-day financial scoundrels. Learn more about his real-life counterparts at the following links.

Robert Maxwell
From the poverty of the Carpathian mountains, Robert Maxwell rose to head a global publishing empire. Only posthumously (he mysteriously disappeared from his private yacht in 1991) did the truth about his unscrupulous business and financial practices emerge. The BBC News Business section details Maxwell's unlikely success -- and ultimate failure.

John Sadleir
John Sadleir (1814 - 1856), infamous director of the Tipperary Joint-Stock Bank and speculative financier extraordinaire, hid the insolvency of his bank for years. When the wall of secrecy threatened to fall, Sadleir committed suicide rather than endure exposure of the loss and suffering he caused others. This profile is part of 2000 Ireland: A National Millennium Committee Project, produced by Ireland's National Broadcasting Organization, RTÉ.

Albert Grant (born Gottheimer)
Albert Grant (1830 - 1899), donated Leicester Square to the city of London but also made millions promoting worthless companies, floating his combined portfolio to a market value of 24 million British pounds. His subscribers took tremendous losses, and Grant was reduced to comparative poverty. This profile is part of 2000 Ireland: A National Millennium Committee Project, produced by Ireland's National Broadcasting Organization, RTÉ.

George Hudson, "The Railway King"
If the end justifies the means, then York, England has much to celebrate in George Hudson (1800 - 1871). He went to great and dubious lengths to ensure York's position as a major railway center. When his scandalous dealings were exposed, Hudson paid back his shareholders but died indebted and disgraced. Written by Timothy J. Owston of York, England, historian and teacher.

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Handley, Graham, ed. Trollope the Traveller: Selections from Anthony Trollope's Travel Writings. Chicago: Ivan R Dee, Inc., 1995.

Robb, George. White-Collar Crime in Modern England: Financial Fraud and Business Morality 1845-1929. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Terry, R.C., ed. Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope. Los Angeles: Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1999.

---, ed. Trollope: Interviews and Recollections. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1987.

Trollope, Anthony. An Autobiography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

---. The Letters of Anthony Trollope. N. John Hall, ed., with the assistance of Nina Burgis. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1983.

---. The Way We Live Now. New York: Modern Library, 1996.

Turner, Mark W. Trollope and the Magazines: Gendered Issues in Mid-Victorian Britain. New York: Palgrave, 2000.

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