Anthony Trollope: Castle Richmond

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A crucial aspect of Anthony Trollope’s Castle Richmond (his ninth novel and the third set in Ireland) is how it functions as a considered and detailed fictional account of a critical time in Ireland’s history and, moreover, an account penned by one of the leading English writers of the nineteenth century. Published by Chapman & Hall in May 1860, it was begun in 1859 as Trollope was leaving Ireland (having been resident there for 18 years) to return to his native England. With it he is bidding farewell to the “Green Isle and [his] old friends”, but he also seizes the opportunity to “say a word of them” as he leaves (Trollope, Castle Richmond, p.2). To call it “a word”, of c…

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Siddle, Yvonne. "Castle Richmond". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2013
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