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One of five beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions
Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian Englandand inspired occasionally by missives in the lost letter” box of the provincial post office that Trollope ranthese tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time when carolers filled the streets and each houses door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar.
Penguin Christmas Classics
Give the gift of literature this Christmas.
Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.
Beautifully designedwith foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalizationand printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.
Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Set in mid-Victorian England, this novel follows the fight for ascendancy among the clergy and dependents of a great English cathedral.
The second of the six 'Barsetshire Novels, ' is Trollope's most popular work and one of the classics of English fiction. Here Trollope continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr. Slope, the hen-pecked Dr. Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy-Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skillfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that had won Trollope such an appreciative readership.
I never saw anything like you clergymen
you are always thinking of fighting each other
After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollopes masterly depiction of the plotting and back-stabbing that ensues lies at the heart of one of the most vivid and comic of his Barsetshire novels, peopled by such very different figures as the saintly Warden of Hirams Hospital, Septimus Harding, the ineffectual but well-meaning new bishop and his terrifying wife, and the oily chaplain Mr Slope who has designs both on Mr Hardings daughter and the fascinating would-be femme fatale Signora Vesey-Neroni.
This is the second volume of Trollopes Chronicles of Barsetshire. In his introduction, Robin Gilmour examines the novels political and social background and Trollopes concern with changes occurring in society. This edition also includes a preface by J. K. Galbraith.
A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic Christmas tales in luxurious hardcover editions
Truly stunning book design has become a Penguin Classics tradition. We now introduce a new must-have, collectible series featuring beautiful hardcover editions of some of the best-loved and bestselling Christmas titles of all time. Available in lovely holiday-themed packages, the series includes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, A Merry Christmas by Louisa May Alcott, Christmas at Thompson Hall by Anthony Trollope, The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol, and The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmantreasured Christmas tales that make perfect stocking stuffers for readers of all ages.
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 British Postal Service. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.