Barchester Towers
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By Anthony Trollope

classics | 396 pages | Published in 2019

The second novel of Anthony Trollope's "Chronicles of Barsetshire" series and widely considered one of his best and most popular works, "Barchester Towers" was published in 1857 and continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor in the beautiful cathedral city of Barchester. Upon the death of the popular and beloved bishop, the citizens fully expect his son, Archdeacon Grantly, to fill the vacancy. Much to their consternation, however, the far more Evangelical Bishop Proudie is given the position. A struggle for power ensues between these traditional and new forces. Mrs. Proudie, the Bishop's overbearing wife, and the Bishop's new chaplain, the distasteful and hypocritical Mr. Slope, use their power to control the selection of the new warden of the local hospital over the objections of the rest of the clergy. Clerical reinforcements are called in on both sides and the struggle between the different factions of the church plays out amid the romantic entanglements and dramas of the town's inhabitants. In the end, the results are more than satisfactory for Eleanor and other citizens of Barchester in this witty comedy. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.


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"Barchester Towers" follows the power struggles and scandals within the fictional cathedral town of Barchester.

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  1. What is 'Barchester Towers' about?

    Barchester Towers is a novel by Anthony Trollope that continues the story of the fictional English cathedral city of Barchester. It revolves around the power struggles and conflicts within the clergy and the community, with a focus on the arrival of a new bishop and the ensuing political and social upheavals.

  2. Who is the author of 'Barchester Towers'?

    The author of 'Barchester Towers' is Anthony Trollope, a prominent English novelist of the Victorian era known for his insightful portrayals of the society, politics, and clergy of his time.

  3. Is 'Barchester Towers' a standalone novel or part of a series?

    'Barchester Towers' is the second novel in Trollope's 'Chronicles of Barsetshire' series, following 'The Warden' and preceding 'Doctor Thorne'. While it can be read as a standalone, it is enriched by the context provided in the other books of the series.

  4. What themes are explored in 'Barchester Towers'?

    The novel explores themes of power, ambition, morality, social hierarchy, and the clash between tradition and modernity. It also delves into the complexities of human relationships, love, and the consequences of individual actions on the community.

  5. Who are the main characters in 'Barchester Towers'?

    The novel features a diverse cast of characters, including the new bishop, Dr. Proudie, his wife Mrs. Proudie, the ambitious Mr. Slope, the steadfast Archdeacon Grantly, the romantic Eleanor Bold, and the kind-hearted Mr. Harding, among others.