Anthony Trollope: The Way We Live Now

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  • Lindsay Sullivan (University of Wales, Cardiff)

The Way We Live Now was published in twenty monthly parts between February 1874 and September 1875. Written in reaction to Trollope’s horror at the greed and dishonesty of Victorian society, it takes a satirical sweep at commerce, politics, marriage and publishing. The novel attracted caustic reviews: the Examiner described it as “singularly barren of fine observations and lively mots” (28 August 1875), the Athenaeum thought that was “carelessly constructed and carelessly written”, and that it was not one of [Trollope’s] best novels (26 June 1875), and a damning review in the Spectator berates the novel’s “sordid baseness” before …

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Sullivan, Lindsay. "The Way We Live Now". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2005
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