The Warden: Unabridged edition (Paperback)
The first of Trollope's popular Barsetshire novels, set in the fictional cathedral town of Barchester, The Warden centres on the honourable cleric Septimus Harding, one of Trollope's most memorable characters. When Harding is accused of mismanaging church funds, his predicament lays bare the complexities of the Victorian world and of nineteenth-century provincial life. And, as Louis Auchincloss observes in his Introduction, "The theme of The Warden presents the kind of social problem that always fascinated Trollope: the inevitable clash of ancient privilege with modern social awareness.
About the Author
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. Trollope's first major success came with The Warden (1855) followed by equally popular Barchester Towers (1857). Critics generally acknowledge the sweeping satire of The Way We Live Now (1875) as his masterpiece.