PHINEAS FINN (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)
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Through the engaging figure of the handsome Irishman Phineas Finn, Trollope explores the realities of political life, and the clash between compromise and conviction that is as topical today as it was in the 1860s. Phineas's love life is as fraught as his political career, in the second of Trollope's Palliser novels. In his introduction Simon Dentith looks at the British political context and the interwoven strands of politics, the rights of women and their struggle for equality in marriage. He considers the novel's interesting publishing history and Trollope's own parliamentary ambitions. Invaluable appendix outlines the political context of the Palliser novels and establishes the internal chronology of the series and the relationship between fictional and actual political events, providing a unique understanding of the series as a linked narrative. Second appendix on the passage of the second Reform Act of 1867, a controversial measure that extended the franchise and was the subject of heated Conservative and Liberal debate. Biographical Preface provides a compact biography of Anthony Trollope, and a Chronology charts his life against the major historical events of the period. Explanatory Notes provide essential information concerning the political personalities behind their fictional counterparts and key debates concerning extension of the franchise, the ballot, and John Stuart Mill's proposal of votes for women. New to this edition Introduction, select bibliography, and explanatory notes by Simon Dentith. Biographical Preface outlining Trollope's life, and new Chronology. Appendix outlining the political context of the Palliser novels and establishing the internal chronology of the series and the relationship between fictional and actual political events, providing a unique understanding of the series as a linked narrative. Improved print appearance with an entirely reset text. 'To become a member of the British Parliament!...He almost thought that he could die happy' Phineas Finn, the handsome Irishman, is equally successful at scaling the political ladder and gaining the affection of influential women. As he makes his precarious way in parliament he discovers how far principles must be sacrificed to the common cause, and how essential money is to political progress. Set during the turbulent passage of the second Reform Act of 1867, the novel paints a vivid picture of the compromises and tactics of daily political life. Loss of independence is felt just as keenly by Lady Laura and Violet Effingham, whose choice of marriage partner will determine their future freedom as much as their happiness. With politics and the personal so closely entwined, Phineas faces an act of conscience that will have a profound effect on his life. The second novel in Trollope's Palliser series, Phineas Finn's engaging plot embraces matters as diverse as reform, the position of women, the Irish question, and the conflict between integrity and ambition. Readership: General readers of classic literature, especially Victorian fiction and the novels of Anthony Trollope; readers of the Palliser series; students of Victorian fiction, politics, cultural studies.
- ISBN: 0199581436
- EAN: 9780199581436