Director’s College Event – Anthony Trollope: The Greatest English Novelist You’ve (Probably) Never Read

Anthony_TrollopeOn Wednesday, December 9, the Farmington Libraries will a lecture on the influential but less well-known 19th-century author Anthony Trollope. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive.

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian writer Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), author of 47 novels and more than a dozen other books. A colleague of Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot, Trollope’s prodigious literary output was more than all those authors combined, and his reputation today continues to ascend. Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire and Pallisers series enchant readers who are fortunate to discover them, and fans of his work include Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, who has adapted Trollope’s Dr. Thorne as a three-part mini-series recently filmed in England and scheduled for broadcast in 2016. Trollope was an acute observer of human behavior, and his works explored or incorporated a number of themes and styles, including psychological profiles, political dramas, social comedies, moral tales, detective procedurals, progressive gender studies, and even a dystopian steampunk fantasy.

Speaker and Farmington resident Douglas Gerlach is President of the US branch of The Trollope Society, a non-profit organization established in 1987 and devoted to supporting interest in the life and works of Anthony Trollope.

The Director’s College is an ongoing series at the Farmington Libraries, the aim of which is to present interesting and intellectual programs for our community. These events strive to cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, professorial lectures, performing arts events, travelogues, and topics of local interest.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for this program by calling the library at 860-673-6791, using the online registration form, or visiting the Information Services Desk. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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