Fall 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 4 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1968 |

The Changing World of Anthony Trollope

SHORTER REVIEWS THE CHANGING WORLD OF AN- THONY TROLLOPE by Robert M. Polhemus. University of California Press, $6.00. The critic who embarks on a study of Trollope faces two signal dangers: Trollope's val- uation of himself in the Auto- biography, and the formidable bulk of his output. The first danger is not inconsiderable, for the picture of the plain blunt man is the half-truth which, though it does not real- ly conceal the dreamer who im- agined and told the tales, un- fortunately dominates the self- portrait. With its memorably explicit recollections of assid- uity at the writing table at home and abroad, the Auto- biography has no doubt put off more readers than it has fetched; the critic's job is to show not that Trollope was less prosaic than he claimed to be but that the texture of his work is richer than he admits -richer, perhaps, than he knew. This, however, is the lesser and the more ordinary of the two dangers, and one that, once recognized, can be the more readily de

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