The Warden

By Anthony Trollope
Read by Simon Vance

The Chronicles of Barsetshire: Book 1

7.15 Hours 11/01/2005 unabridged
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The Warden is the first of the six classic Chronicles of Barsetshire novels, Trollope’s best-loved and most famous work. Anthony Trollope’s classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding’s daughter, Eleanor. Though the bishop and archdeacon stand behind him, the honest Reverend Harding is caught in a moral dilemma, questioning whether he truly deserves the money or should resign. Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes Trollope portrayed so superbly, The Warden explores the complexities of human motivation and social morality.

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Summary

Summary

The Warden is the first of the six classic Chronicles of Barsetshire novels, Trollope’s best-loved and most famous work.

Anthony Trollope’s classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding’s daughter, Eleanor. Though the bishop and archdeacon stand behind him, the honest Reverend Harding is caught in a moral dilemma, questioning whether he truly deserves the money or should resign.

Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes Trollope portrayed so superbly, The Warden explores the complexities of human motivation and social morality.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Keen observation of public affairs, a pungent closeness of style, and great cleverness in the author, are the distinguishing features of The Warden.” Spectator, 1855 
“The Warden is a clever, spirited, sketchy story...and smartly told.” Athenaeum, 1855
“There is considerable talent displayed in this volume.” Electric Review, 1855
“Vance’s narrative skills help modern listeners hear the elegance of Trollope’s writing and understand the writer’s skewering wit. And his ability to create character-revealing accents, from the illiterate grumble of a local farmer to the nasal bray of a highborn clergyman, makes the nineteenth century live in our ears.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) grew up in London. He inherited his mother’s ambition to write and was famously disciplined in the development of his craft. His first novel was published in 1847 while he was working in Ireland as a surveyor for the General Post Office. He wrote series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to re-create in his fiction his own vision of the social structures of Victorian England. The author of forty-seven novels, he was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 7.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English