The American Senator

By Anthony Trollope; John Halperin | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

In this spirit we Americans and Englishmen go on writing books about each other, sometimes with bitterness enough, but generally with good final results.

The American Senator

IN his Autobiography ( 1883) Trollope notes that The American Senator ( 1876-7) was given its title 'very much in opposition to my publisher'. Bentley feared it was misleading, and in most of his advertisements inserted immediately after the title the disclaimer, "'The Scene of which Story is laid in England'". Trollope began the concluding chapter by remarking that the novel 'might perhaps have been better called "The Chronicle of a Winter at Dillsborough'" (p. 552). But he had written to Bentley on 7 December 1875: 'I find that I cannot change the name,--which indeed, (The American Senator) I feel to be in itself a good name. I am sure that nobody can give a name to a novel but its author.' (See The Letters of Anthony Trollope, 2 vols., ed. N. John Hall [ Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1983], II:673.)

The Autobiography also expresses Trollope's astonishment that the reviewers should have preferred The American Senator and Is He Popenjoy? ( 1877-8) to The Prime Minister ( 1875-6); he declares here that both novels 'are very inferior to The Prime Minister'. In fact reviewers of The American Senator were far from pleased with it--though Trollope was right in thinking that The Prime Minister was treated more harshly, and with less reason, in the Press.

The novelist says a good deal more in a letter to his indefatigable correspondent Mary Holmes ( 27 December 1876; see Letters, II:701-2). He characterizes 'the Senator from Mickewa' as 'a thoroughly honest man wishing to do good, and . . . not himself half so absurd as things which he criticizes'. Having forgotten, fourteen months after completing the book, the name of his parson Mainwaring, Trollope refers to him here as 'parson Mauleverer'--and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xv
  • Select Bibliography xvi
  • A Chronology of Anthony Trollope xix
  • Contents xxvii
  • Chapter I Dillsborough 1
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 8
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 22
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 35
  • Chapter VII the Walk Home 42
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 47
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 54
  • Chapter X Goarly's Revenge 62
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 69
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 76
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 83
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 90
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 97
  • Chapter XVI Mr. Gotobed's Philanthropy 103
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 110
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 117
  • Chapter XIX 'Who Valued the Geese?' 125
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 132
  • Chapter XXI the First Evening at Rufford Hall 138
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 145
  • Chapter XXIII Poor Caneback 152
  • Chapter XXIV the Ball 158
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 165
  • Chapter XXVII 'Wonderful Bird!' 180
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 187
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  • Chapter XXII Jemima 200
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 207
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  • Chapter XXII Jemima 235
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 241
  • Chapter XXXVII How Things Were Arranged 248
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 261
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 269
  • Chapter XLI the Senator is Badly Treated 277
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 284
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 291
  • Chapter XLIV 'Particularly Proud of You' 299
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 306
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  • Chapter XXII Jemima 319
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 326
  • Chapter Xlix Miss Trefoil's Decision 334
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 341
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 348
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 363
  • Chapter LV 'I Have Told Him Everything' 376
  • Chapter LVI 'Now What Have You Got to Say?' 383
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 390
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 398
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 405
  • Chapter LX Again at Mistletoe 413
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 418
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 425
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 433
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 440
  • Chapter LXV the New Minister 448
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 453
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 460
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 475
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 481
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 488
  • Chapter LXXII 'Bid Him Be a Man' 496
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 503
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 511
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 523
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 530
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 545
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 552
  • Explatory Notes 559
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