Everyone Is Entitled To An Opinion

But if you dis the Chronicles of Barsetshire you’ll get short shrift from me.

A map of Anthony Trollope’s ficitional County of BarsetshireFrom 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


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