'since the day on which he had accepted place and retired from London, his very soul had sighed for the lost glories of Westminster and Douning Street'After the death of his Irish wife, Phineas Finn returns to London and to the House of Commons. But though drawn back apparently irresistibly, he never approaches politics with the zest of earlier days. What Trollope describes, in some of his most powerful writing, is a sad, at times almost sombre, progress towards maturity and self-wisdom.Although Phineas survives an attempt on his life by the half-crazed and jealous Robert Kennedy, his involvement in this ugly scandal irreversibly damages his reputation. Not even the influential Duchess of Omnium can conjure an appointment for him. His trial for the murder of the hated Mr. Bonteen provides the final disenchantment and, through choice, he never again enters the charmed inner circle of power. "Phineas Redux" (1874) is the fourth of the six Palliser novels, pubished between 1864 and 1880. As a group they provide us with the most extensive and telling expose' of British life during the period of its greatest prestige.
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Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was a prolific and popular novelist who simultaneously maintained a successful career as a civil servant in the Post Office. He wrote 47 novels during his life, the most famous of which are the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and the six 'Palliser' novels. His fiction is regarded as presenting the most convincing picture of the lives of the landed and professional classes in the 19th century.
Gregg Hechimovich teaches English at Seattle University.About the Author:
As young adult, Trollope endured seven years of poverty in the General Post Office in London before accepting a better - paying position as postal surveyor in Banagher, Ireland in 1841. The years in Ireland formed the basis of his second career delineating clerical life in small cathedral towns.
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Book Description 1993-08-26., 1993. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 896pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1721544
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140438335