Barchester Towers (version 2)

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Barchester Towers, published in 1857, is the 2nd novel in Anthony Trollope's series known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire". It follows on from The Warden, set some years later, with some of the same characters. Among other things it satirises the then raging antipathy in the Church of England between High Church and Evangelical adherents. Trollope began writing this book in 1855. He wrote constantly, and made himself a writing-desk so he could continue writing while travelling by train. "Pray know that when a man begins writing a book he never gives over," he wrote in a letter during this period. "The evil with which he is beset is as inveterate as drinking – as exciting as gambling." And, years later in his autobiography, he observed "In the writing of Barchester Towers I took great delight. The bishop and Mrs. Proudie were very real to me, as were also the troubles of the archdeacon and the loves of Mr. Slope." But when he submitted his finished work, his publisher, William Longman, initially turned it down, finding much of it to be full of "vulgarity and exaggeration". More recent critics offer a more sanguine opinion. "Barchester Towers is many readers' favourite Trollope", wrote The Guardian, which included it in its list of "1000 novels everyone must read". Barchester Towers concerns the leading clergy of the cathedral city of Barchester. The much loved bishop having died, all expectations are that his son, Archdeacon Grantly, will succeed him. Instead, owing to the passage of the power of patronage to a new Prime Minister, a newcomer, the far more Evangelical Bishop Proudie, gains the see. His wife, Mrs Proudie, exercises an undue influence over the new bishop, making herself as well as the bishop unpopular with most of the clergy of the diocese. Her interference to veto the reappointment of the universally popular Mr Septimus Harding (protagonist of Trollope's earlier novel, The Warden) as warden of Hiram's Hospital is not well received, even though she gives the position to a needy clergyman, Mr Quiverful, with 14 children to support. Now listen on... Summary by Wikipedia

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Group: Barsetshire Series by Anthony Trollope

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Who will Be the New Bishop? Nick Whitley
00:24:31
Play 02 Hiram's Hospital, According to Act of Parliament Nick Whitley
00:19:21
Play 03 Dr. and Mrs. Proudie Nick Whitley
00:19:29
Play 04 The Bishop's Chaplain Nick Whitley
00:20:23
Play 05 A Morning Visit Nick Whitley
00:23:49
Play 06 War Nick Whitley
00:36:54
Play 07 The Dean and Chapter Take Counsel Nick Whitley
00:18:53
Play 08 The Ex-Warden Rejoices in His Probable Return to the Hospital Nick Whitley
00:20:21
Play 09 The Stanhope Family Nick Whitley
00:36:21
Play 10 Mrs. Proudie's Reception--Commenced Nick Whitley
00:29:43
Play 11 Mrs. Proudie's Reception--Concluded Nick Whitley
00:36:48
Play 12 Slope versus Harding Nick Whitley
00:22:18
Play 13 The Rubbish Cart Nick Whitley
00:23:58
Play 14 The New Champion Nick Whitley
00:21:36
Play 15 The Widow's Suitors Nick Whitley
00:30:59
Play 16 Baby Worship Nick Whitley
00:35:07
Play 17 Who Shall Be Cock of the Walk? Nick Whitley
00:21:46
Play 18 The Widow's Persecution Nick Whitley
00:24:23
Play 19 Barchester by Moonlight Nick Whitley
00:29:08
Play 20 Mr. Arabin Nick Whitley
00:35:49
Play 21 St Ewold's Parsonage Nick Whitley
00:31:12
Play 22 The Thornes of Ullathorne Nick Whitley
00:38:03
Play 23 Mr. Arabin Reads Himself in at St. Ewold's Nick Whitley
00:24:24
Play 24 Mr. Slope Manages Very Cleverly at Puddingdale Nick Whitley
00:33:24
Play 25 Fourteen Arguments in Favour of Mr. Quiverful's Claims Nick Whitley
00:25:04
Play 26 Mrs. Proudie Wrestles and Gets a Fall Nick Whitley
00:33:20
Play 27 A Love Scene Nick Whitley
00:45:46
Play 28 Mrs. Bold is Entertained by Dr. and Mrs. Grantly at Plumstead Nick Whitley
00:43:01
Play 29 A Serious Interview Nick Whitley
00:26:36
Play 30 Another Love Scene Nick Whitley
00:37:14
Play 31 The Bishop's Library Nick Whitley
00:16:06
Play 32 A New Candidate for Ecclesiastical Honours Nick Whitley
00:48:57
Play 33 Mrs. Proudie Victrix Nick Whitley
00:31:15
Play 34 Oxford--The Master and Tutor of Lazarus Nick Whitley
00:23:49
Play 35 Miss Thorne's Fete Champetre Nick Whitley
00:28:22
Play 36 Ullathorne Sports--Act I. Nick Whitley
00:31:23
Play 37 The Countess De Courcy, Mrs. Proudie, and the Signora Neroni Meet Each Other at Ullathorne Nick Whitley
00:29:52
Play 38 The Bishop Sits Down to Breakfast, and the Dean Dies Nick Whitley
00:34:54
Play 39 The Lookalofts and the Greenacres Nick Whitley
00:24:20
Play 40 Ullathorne Sports--Act II. Nick Whitley
00:28:24
Play 41 Mrs. Bold Confides Her Sorrow to Her Friend Miss Stanhope Nick Whitley
00:22:25
Play 42 Ullathorne Sports--Act III. Nick Whitley
00:36:14
Play 43 Mr. and Mrs. Quiverful Are Made Happy. Mr. Slope Is Encouraged by the Press Nick Whitley
00:36:56
Play 44 Mrs. Bold at Home Nick Whitley
00:23:47
Play 45 The Stanhopes at Home Nick Whitley
00:26:10
Play 46 Mr. Slope's Parting Interview with the Signora Nick Whitley
00:24:03
Play 47 The Dean Elect Nick Whitley
00:26:45
Play 48 Miss Thorne Shows Her Talent at Match-making Nick Whitley
00:30:29
Play 49 The Beelzebub Colt Nick Whitley
00:20:00
Play 50 The Archdeacon Is Satisfied with the State of Affairs Nick Whitley
00:23:11
Play 51 Mr. Slope Bids Farewell to the Palace and Its Inhabitants Nick Whitley
00:20:55
Play 52 The New Dean Takes Possession of the Deanery, and the New Warden of the Hospital Nick Whitley
00:23:10
Play 53 Conclusion Nick Whitley
00:12:57