7 Novels Written by Anthony Trollope That Will Take You Back in Time ...


Several years ago I was in a used book store that had a large section devoted to novels written by Anthony Trollope. On a whim I bought one of these books, and as soon as I started reading it I was so happy that I had bought it. Anthony Trollope was an English author who lived in the eighteen hundreds. Although not as well known today, he is considered to be one of the great Victorian authors, and ranks alongside the likes of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. He was a hard-working man who traveled widely, with his travels reflected in his novels. His novels are often about the social dynamics of small English towns, and feature romance, politics, and family struggles. There are over 47 novels written by Anthony Trollope, and I am slowly reading all of them because I love his work so much. This is just a sampling of the many novels I have read and loved.

1. Miss Mackenzie

Miss Mackenzie

Unlike many of the novels written by Anthony Trollope, Miss Mackenzie features a heroine who is a 35 year old, unattractive spinster. Although unmarried, Margaret Mackenzie has a sizeable income through her inheritance. At the beginning of the novel, she decides to move from London to Little Bath for a happier, quieter existence. Upon moving, she began to have suitors who were seeking her fortune, including a clergyman, her brother’s partner, and her cousin. Not wanting to marry any of them, she refuses thinking she will remain a spinster. However, her idea of remaining single does not go according to plan. While this is a story about love, it is also a story about a strong and independent woman who didn’t feel that she had to be married to be happy. Miss Mackenzie’s independence as a woman in Victorian England is what truly makes this novel great and worth reading.

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