The Warden

The Warden

Anthony Trollope

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The Warden, published in 1855, is the first book in Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series of six novels. It was his fourth novel.

Very enjoyable book that is concerned about people putting their great big feet in puddles before ascertaining their depth! It's very cleverly worked out and contains just the amount of love and romance to drive the plot forward. Like most of Trollope's Barchester series, it is somewhat a comedy of manners and more enjoyable for that.

The Warden concerns Mr Septimus Harding, the meek, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, in the fictional county of Barsetshire.

Hiram's Hospital is an almshouse supported by a medieval charitable bequest to the Diocese of Barchester. The income maintains the almshouse itself, supports its twelve bedesmen, and, in addition, provides a comfortable abode and living for its warden. Mr Harding was appointed to this position through the patronage of his old friend the Bishop of Barchester, who is also the father of Archdeacon Grantly to whom Harding's older daughter, Susan, is married. The warden, who lives with his remaining child, an unmarried younger daughter Eleanor, performs his duties conscientiously.

The story concerns the impact upon Harding and his circle when a zealous young reformer, John Bold, launches a campaign to expose the disparity in the apportionment of the charity's income between its object, the bedesmen, and its officer, Mr Harding. John Bold embarks on this campaign in a spirit of public duty despite his romantic involvement with Eleanor and previously cordial relations with Mr Harding. Bold starts a lawsuit and Mr Harding is advised by the indomitable Dr Grantly, his son-in-law, to stand his ground.

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    Scrittore inglese. Autore di quarantasette romanzi, fra i grandi della letteratura inglese dell'Ottocento è forse il meno conosciuto in Italia, nonostante lo straordinario successo tra i lettori di lingua inglese e la fortuna più recente tra i critici. Impiegato delle poste in Irlanda, scrisse nei momenti liberi romanzi caratterizzati un misurato verismo e da una sottile vena umoristica.In Italia è pubblicato soprattutto da Sellerio. Fra i titoli editi dalla casa palermitana, ricordiamo Orley Farm, Lady Anna, Un'autobiografia, La vita oggi, Il Primo Ministro e tutti i romanzi del cosiddetto «ciclo del Barsetshire»: L'amministratore, Le torri di Barchester, Il Dottor Thorne, La Canonica di Framley e Le ultime cronache del Barset. Approfondisci
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