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Synopsis: The Three Clerks is a novel by Anthony Trollope, set in the lower reaches of the Civil Service. It draws on Trollope's own experiences as a junior clerk in the General Post Office, and has been called the most autobiographical of Trollope's novels.
About the Author: Anthony Trollope's father, Thomas Anthony Trollope, worked as a barrister. Thomas Trollope, though a clever and well-educated man and a Fellow of New College, Oxford, failed at the bar due to his bad temper. In addition, his ventures into farming proved unprofitable and he lost an expected inheritance when an elderly uncle married and had children. Nonetheless, he came from a genteel background, with connections to the landed gentry, and so wished to educate his sons as gentlemen and for them to attend Oxford or Cambridge. The disparity between his family's social background and its poverty would be the cause of much misery to Anthony Trollope during his boyhood. Born in London, Anthony attended Harrow School as a day-boy for three years from the age of seven, as his father's farm lay in that neighbourhood. After a spell at a private school, he followed his father and two older brothers to Winchester College, where he remained for three years. He returned to Harrow as a day-boy to reduce the cost of his education. Trollope had some very miserable experiences at these two public schools. They ranked as two of the most Úlite schools in England, but Trollope had no money and no friends, and got bullied a great deal. At the age of twelve, he fantasized about suicide. However, he also daydreamed, constructing elaborate imaginary worlds. In 1827, his mother Frances Trollope moved to America with Trollope's three younger siblings, where she opened a bazaar in Cincinnati, which proved unsuccessful. Thomas Trollope joined them for a short time before returning to the farm at Harrow, but Anthony stayed in England throughout. His mother returned in 1831 and rapidly made a name for herself as a writer, soon earning a good income. His father's affairs, however, went from bad to worse. He gave up his legal practice entirely and failed to make enough income from farming to pay rents to his landlord Lord Northwick. In 1834 he fled to Belgium to avoid arrest for debt. The whole family moved to a house near Bruges, where they lived entirely on Frances's earnings. In 1835, Thomas Trollope died. While living in Belgium, Anthony worked as a Classics usher (a junior or assistant teacher) in a school with a view to learning French and German, so that he could take up a promised commission in an Austrian cavalry regiment, which had to be cut short at six weeks.
Title: Three Clerks: Trollope 1992 (Trollope ...
Publisher: The Folio Society
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: very good
Book Description The Folio Society, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2331328
Book Description Trollope Society, 1994. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. No dust jacket. , 900grams, ISBN:1870587227. Bookseller Inventory # 6385277
Book Description Trollope Society, 1992. 1870587227, 1992. 8vo. Original gilt lettered brown buckram cloth, top edge brown (Fine). Pp. xvii + 539, illus with b&w frontispiece (previous owner's blind-stamped monogram on front endpaper and small ink tick mark on rear endpaper). Bookseller Inventory # 102948
Book Description Trollope Society, London, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. First Trollope Society. An unread copy. Publishers brown cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 000716
Book Description The Trollope Society, London, 1992 First Edition Thus. Hardback., 1992. 8vo. pp xvii, 539. Original publishers brown cloth lettered gilt on blank on spine. ISBN: 1870587227 Fine. Bookseller Inventory # A65784