Everyone Is Entitled To An Opinion
But if you dis the Chronicles of Barsetshire you’ll get short shrift from me.
From “The Significance of Trollope” (1925) by Spencer Van Bokkelen Nichols, painted by George F. Muendel.
Of Framley Parsonage I need only further say, that as I wrote it I became more closely than ever acquainted with the new shire which I had added to the English counties. I had it all in my mind,—its roads and railroads, its towns and parishes, its members of Parliament, and the different hunts which rode over it. I knew all the great lords and their castles, the squires and their parks, the rectors and their churches. This was the fourth novel of which I had placed the scene in Barsetshire, and as I wrote it I made a map of the dear county. Throughout these stories there has been no name given to a fictitious site which does not represent to me a spot of which I know all the accessories, as though I had lived and wandered there.
An Autobiography, Anthony Trollope
Both the above from the USA Trollope Society