Spring 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1946 |

Brief Notices: The Trollopes

The Trollopes by Lucy Poate Stebbins and Richard Poate Stebbins. Columbia. $4.00.This book has considerable virtues. The writing is easy, the knowledge of the subject far greater than the confusing documentation indicates, and the ordering of the complex lives of the many Trollopes and their 140 odd books is triumphant. Such minor characters as the father, Thomas Anthony, and the grandson, Henry, emerge clearly, as do, indeed, such major figures as Frances, the feminist malgré lui, and Thomas Adolphus, the liberal. All these people are sympathetically presented in that style of conventional psychologizing to which we are accustomed in biography; it is a style which the authors use with admirable good sense in dealing with characters whom they like.The book's flaw is the Stebbinses' dislike of Anthony and their condescending acceptance of his novels. As a person their Anthony is a money-minded, stubbornly prejudiced, self-deceiving man, of some interest as a psychological case, but

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