Bibliographies, Companions, Handbooks and Abridgements
Waltham House, Waltham Cross, Essex where Anthony and Rose Trollope lived from 1859-1871, with Barney, Trollope's long-time Irish servant, by the gate
Handbooks and Companions
- Edwards, P. D. Anthony Trollope: His Art and Scope. St
Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1977. This is so
good it is the equivalent of a superb handbook. Edwards discusses
every novel sensibly and intelligently; it is highly recommended for
anyone seeking a critical single book on Trollope's art.
- Gerould, Winifred Gregory and James Thayer Gerould. A Guide
to Trollope. Drawings by Florence W. Ewing. Princeton:
Princeton University Press,1948. A very useful handbook which lists
just about every character, place and street that occurs in Trollope;
all the fictions with brief plot summary and includes maps, plus
classifications of the novels.
- Hardwick, Michael. The Osprey Guide to Anthony Trollope.
Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 1974. This is very poor; I list it because
it is inexpensive and readily available from used bookstores sites,and
for the sake of completeness as the fourth of the handbooks on
Trollope's novels. It consists of half-hearted summaries of the
stories of Trollope's novels and an incomplete listing of the
characters with quotations from the novels about them that seemed to
- Mullen, Richard and James Munson. The Penguin Companion to
Trollope. New York: Penguin, 1996; republished by the Trollope
Society. A superb companion when it comes to plot information and
information about the era; Mullen knows the fiction and the
non-fiction and much about Trollope's life and conscious opinions
- Newlin, George. Everyone and Everything in Trollope. 4 volumes. M. A. Sharpe, 2005.
ISBN 0765613204. It really is.
- Olmstead, John Charles, compiler. A Victorian Art of Fiction:
Essays on the Novel in British Periodicals, 1830-1850. 3
Volumes. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1979. This
extraordinary compilation includes important critical essays on great
and minor fiction of the period and the art of fiction in general by
working novelists, scholars and critics of the period, both familiar
and unfamiliar; it moves from Jane Austen to
Walter Bagehot on 'The Waverley Novels', from Leslie Stephens on
Richardson's novels to R. L. Stevenson, 'A Gossip on Romance'. There
are excellent introductions at the beginning of each volume; it also
includes Trollope's critical essay, 'Novel-Reading' which first
appeared in Mem>Nineteenth Century, 5 (January 1879), pp. 24-43
(Vol 3, pp. 109-30), and essays on Trollope's fiction by Richard Holt
Hutton, on realism by G. H. Lewes (an essay written with fiction like
Trollope's in mind). It is essential context, a handbook on the art
and fiction and attitudes towards these for Trollope's period.
- Terry, R. C., ed. Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope.
Oxford University Press, 1999. This book places the reader in a
twentieth century critical context and shows the modernity of
Trollope's fiction; it includes brilliant essays of analyses on the
novels from different superb critics and scholars. It also contains
good essays on matters which give cultural and sociological and
political context. It is weak on characters, and lesser known aspects
of Trollope's non-fiction.
- ---------------. A Trollope Chronology. London, 1989.
This book places just about every single external event in Trollope's
life and publication record that may be documented in a brief concise
- Vann, J. Don. Victorian Novels in Serial. New York:
Modern Language Association of New York, 1985. This book includes
detailed explanatory analyses of the divisions of many of the best-
known novels published during Trollope's era. For Trollope the
reader will find the instalment and earliest volumed divisions for
34 of his novels and novellas, from Framley Parsonage through to
The Landleaguers. This is an extremely useful book.
- Wheeler, Michael. English Fiction of the Victorian Period,
1830-1890. London and New York: Longman, 1985. As well as
providing an excellent critical analysis of the novels of this period
which sets them in their social, political and autobiographical
contexts, this book contains an extensive and superb bibliography of
books for the period, most of which are relevant to Anthony Trollope's
work and life.
- Wright, Andrew, "Trollope Transformed, or The Disguises of Mr Harding and Others," Victorian Literature and
Society: Essays Presented to Richard Altick, ed. James R. Kincaid and Albert Kuhn. Ohio State University Press, 1983.
pp. 315-330. This includes a few (hostile) notes on the 1983 BBC film Barchester Chronicles.
Montagu Square, south of Marylebone Road, London, which Trollope knew from his childhood and where he lived again from 1873-1880: he was a Londoner. "Not a gorgeous neighborhood, but one which will suit my declining years and modest resources."
Bibliographies and Lists
- ap Roberts, Ruth. 'Anthony Trollope': A Bibliographical Essay',
Victorian Fiction: A Second Guide to Research, ed. by George
H. Ford. New York: The Modern Language Association, 1978. An
excellent assessment of the critical literature and reprints of older
secondary literature from 1962 to 1978. It includes further
bibliographies (with descriptions of their contents).
- De Laura, David J, ed. Victorian Prose: A Guide to
Research. New York: Modern Language Association, 1973. While
the focus is on non-fictional prose, many of the themes and subjects
given sources for are directly relevant to Trollope's writing
(Carlyle, Oxford Movement, Victorian churches &c).
- Dobree, Bonamy and E. C. Batho. The Victorians and After:
Literary History and Bibliography, 1830-1914, with a chapter on
economics by Guy Chapman. New York: McBridge, 1938. Of interest for
studying Trollope's reputation as well as the way the Victorian period
was regarded before World War Two.
- Heineman, Helen. Mrs Trollope: The Triumphant Feminine in the
Nineteenth Century. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1979. This
book contains a long and thorough-going bibliography at its close.
- Helling, Rafael. A Century of Trollope Criticism.
Helingsfors: Centralryckeriet, 1956. This was originally doctoral
dissertation, and is also listed by Associated Faculty Press. It's
thorough and good.
- Hall, N. John, 'Introduction' to The Trollope Critics,
ed. N. John Hall. New Jersey: Barnes and Noble, 1987, pp. vii-xxix.
This is a discussion and listing of all the early editions of
Trollope's novels plus some brief commentaries on the best secondary
books on Trollope's fiction.
- Irwin, Mary Leslie. Anthony Trollope. New York: Burt
Franklin, 1968. A list of early editions and early reviews and
criticism, illustrations, imaginary maps, manuscripts, lecture.
- Kincaid, James R. The Novels of Anthony Trollope.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977. This book contains a well-chosen
selective bibliography at its end. It includes a list of books
which contain remarks on Trollope's art and attitudes by contemporaries
and respected late 19th and early 20th century writers which are
more accurate and respectful of the man than some of what is
sometimes assumed today.
- Lyons, Anne, compiler. Anthony Trollope: An Annotated
Bibliography of Periodical Works by & about Him in the United States
and Great Britain to 1900. Greenwood, Florida: Penkeville
Publishing Company, 1985.
- MacDonald, Susan Peck. Anthony Trollope. Boston: Twayne,
1987. In the manner of the Twayne books, this includes a good if
brief annotated bibiography in the back.
- Metz, Nancy, "Trollope Studies, 1982-1986," Dickens Studies Annual,
21 (1992):281-312. Excellent survey.
- Olmstead, John Charles and Jeffrey Egan Welch. The Reputation of Trollope: An Annotated Bibliography, 1925-1975. New York: Garland Publishing, 1978. An important resource which contains much early material and
commentary on the singletons as well as the series.
- Sadleir, Michael. Trollope: a bibliography. Folkstone,
England: Wm Dawson & Sons, 1928. An essential tool for anyone who
wants to study Trollope's works.
- Skilton, David. Anthony Trollope and His Contemporaries: A
Study in the Theory and Conventions of Mid-Victorian Fiction.
London: Macmillan, 1996. This includes a longish bibliography of
contemporary British articles on Trollope's fiction and in which
periodicals they may be found.
- Smalley, Donald, 'Anthony Trollope', Victorian Fiction: A
Guide to Research, ed. Lionel Stevenson. Cambridge,
Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1964. Not outdated. It
includes good critical comments and a bibliographical essay.
- Stebbins, Lucy Poate and Richard Poate Stebbins. The
Trollopes: The Chronicle of a Writing Family . New York:
Columbia University Press, 1945. There is an extensive descriptive
bibliography of important primary materials for the Trollope family
(including what near contemporaries wrote about the Trollopes) at the
back of this intelligent book.
- Stone, Donald, 'Trollope Studies, 1976-1981', Dickens Studies
Annual, 11 (1982), pp. 313-33. Excellent and sensitive
- Tingay, Lance, compiler. Anthony Trollope: A Collector's
Catalogue, 1847-1990. London: The Trollope Society, 1992.
Indispensable for its listings of early and recent editions and sets
and its long bibliography from the late 19th century to 1990.
- Turner, Mark. "Trollope Studies: 1987-2004," Dickens Studies Annual,
37 (2006):217-50. Superb accounting of 17 years of rich scholarship.
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