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This was the new metropolitan disease Trollope set out brilliantly to expose in The Way We Live Now. His millieux are the City's financial institutions, London's exclusive West End squares, and drones' clubs populated by languorous aristocrats, all offering rich pickings for the unscrupulous speculator, both in the money market and marriage. Among the unscrupulous are the hack writer Lady Carbury, her son Felix, and, above all, Melmotte, a financier of uncertain origins and Napoleonic ruthlessness, energy, and charm, whose dramatic rise and fall dominates the novel.

The Way We Live Now, unpopular on its first appearance in 1874, is now widely recognized as Trollope's masterpiece. An unorthodox satire with a happy ending, it explores decadence and change in what Frank Kermode calls "a world increasingly more congenial to the speculator than to the gentleman."

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'A certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places ... '

This was the new metropolitan disease Trollope set out brilliantly to expose in The Way We Live Now. His milieux are the City's financial institutions, London's exclusive West End squares and drones' clubs populated by languorous aristocrats, all offering rich pickings for the unscrupulous speculator, whether in the marriage or the money market. Among the unscrupulous are the hack-writer Lady Carbury, her son Felix and, above all, Melmotte, a financier of uncertain origins and Napoleonic ruthlessness, energy and charm, whose dramatic rise and fall dominates the novel.

The Way We Live Now, unpopular on its first appearance in 1874-5, is now widely recognized as Trollope's masterpiece. An unorthodox satire with a happy ending, it explores decadence and change in what Frank Kermode calls 'a world increasingly more congenial to the speculator than to the gentleman'.

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

Frank Kermode is among our greatest contemporary critics. He has written and edited many works, among them The Sense of Ending and Shakespeares Language.

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Stephanie Patterson, March 14, 2009 (view all comments by Stephanie Patterson)
Yes,it's all here. Cunning financiers,amazing scams, innocent dupes and not so innocent dupes. This all takes place in 19th century England, not 21st century America. But it will all sound mighty familiar and offers a more dramatic conclusion and--perhaps--more justice than the current financial crisis is likely to give us
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ISBN:
9780142437131
Author:
Trollope, Anthony
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Author:
Kermode, Frank
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
London
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
Capitalists and financiers
Subject:
Commercial crimes
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Classic, Modern, Penguin
Series Volume:
172
Publication Date:
20020226
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
7.81x5.08x1.52 in. 1.17 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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'A certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places ... '

This was the new metropolitan disease Trollope set out brilliantly to expose in The Way We Live Now. His milieux are the City's financial institutions, London's exclusive West End squares and drones' clubs populated by languorous aristocrats, all offering rich pickings for the unscrupulous speculator, whether in the marriage or the money market. Among the unscrupulous are the hack-writer Lady Carbury, her son Felix and, above all, Melmotte, a financier of uncertain origins and Napoleonic ruthlessness, energy and charm, whose dramatic rise and fall dominates the novel.

The Way We Live Now, unpopular on its first appearance in 1874-5, is now widely recognized as Trollope's masterpiece. An unorthodox satire with a happy ending, it explores decadence and change in what Frank Kermode calls 'a world increasingly more congenial to the speculator than to the gentleman'.

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