Trollope and His Contemporaries

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TrollopeAndHisContemporaries is a listserv group where people are invited to discuss Trollope's work and that of his 19th century contemporaries. We define the period generously from 1800-post1918, and cover all countries. We began in 1995 on Elizabeth Thompson's listserv at Majordomo and were founded as a separate group which had a dual focus by Michael Powe in Fall 1997. Our banner heading is George Hicks's painting, The General Post Office, One Minute to Six"  (1860).

Donald Pleasence as Mr Harding from the BBC 1983 Barchester Chronicles.

Our schedule:
  • Beginning April 15th: Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown -- together with if you like the 1983 Ken Taylor BBC Jewel in the Crown.
  • Then Trollope's Ayala's Angel
  • We are at the same time (Jan-June) watching the 1974 Pallisers series, one episode per week, to finish probably sometime in June
  • Our summer book will be E.M. Forster's Howard's End, and we invite everyone to watch either or both film adaptations: 1992 Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala and/or 2018 Lonergan's BBC 4 part serial.
  • Then we will read Trollope's The Way We Live Now. There is a brilliant 4 part film adaptation by Andrew Davies, which members are encouraged to watch and to discuss too.
Suggested authors for further books: Margaret Oliphant, Thackeray, Collins. Suggested texts: EBB's Aurora Leigh.  Emile Zola's L"Argent, Dreiser's Financier, Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle, Conrad's Heart of Darkness. 

Movies: 19th century books on and film adaptations and historical movies set in or about our very long 19th century, including but not limited to the film adaptations of any and historical novels and Victorian and neo-Victorian novels (so Downton Abbey is part of our terrain plus many Mann Booker books).

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