The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

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Paperback, Modern Library, 2001, ISBN # 0375757317
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An unscrupulous Victorian lady exploits all available means to further the financial and social aspirations of her knavish son who plans to marry the daughter of a wealthy swindler.

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An unscrupulous Victorian lady exploits all available means to further the financial and social aspirations of her knavish son who plans to marry the daughter of a wealthy swindler.


'Trollope did not write for posterity, ' observed Henry James. 'He wrote for the day, the moment; but these are just the writers whom posterity is apt to put into its pocket.' Considered by contemporary critics to be Trollope's greatest novel, "The Way We Live Now" is a satire of the literary world of London in the 1870s and a bold indictment of the new power of speculative finance in English life. 'I was instigated by what I conceived to be the commercial profligacy of the age, ' Trollope said.
His story concerns Augustus Melmotte, a French swindler and scoundrel, and his daughter, to whom Felix Carbury, adored son of the authoress Lady Carbury, is induced to propose marriage for the sake of securing a fortune. Trollope knew well the difficulties of dealing with editors, publishers, reviewers, and the public; his portrait of Lady Carbury, impetuous, unprincipled, and unswervingly devoted to her own self-promotion, is one of his finest satirical achievements.
His picture of late-nineteenth-century England is a portrait of a society on the verge of moral bankruptcy. In "The Way We Live Now" Trollope combines his talents as a portraitist and his skills as a storyteller to give us life as it was lived more than a hundred years ago.

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Number of Pages: 864
Original Languages: English
Subject: ENGLAND_FICTION ,  BRITISH AND IRISH FICTION (FICTIONAL WORKS BY ONE AUTHOR) ,  Settings
Author: Osborne, Hugh ,  Trollope, Anthony
Target Audience: Trade
Series Title: Modern Library Classics
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780375757310
Fiction/Nonfiction: Y
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.25 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0375757317
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