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The Warden by Anthony Trollope

The Warden (original 1855; edition 1998)

by Anthony Trollope, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator), David Skilton (Introduction)

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Title:The Warden
Authors:Anthony Trollope
Other authors:Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator), David Skilton (Introduction)
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1998), Paperback, 336 pages
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The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1855)



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Reverend Septimus Harding, at fifty years old, became Precentor of the Cathedral as well as the Warden of Hiram's Hospital. Because of his dual employment he makes a significantly higher wage than others. This
inequality of salary is a modern conflict and no one is more bothered by this than John Bold. But Mr. bold has a conflict of interest. While he is against Mr. Harding's significant salary and starts a petition to challenge it, he is also attracted and betrothed to Harding's twenty four year old daughter, Eleanor. When he realizes the heartache he has caused the Harding family he tries to retract his complaint..but of course it is too late. The wheels of justice have been set in motion. The lesson for John Bold is you made your bed, now you have to lie in it.
The lesson for the Warden is one of morality. Eventually, the suit is abandoned but Harding is still wracked with guilt. He resigns despite everyone's urging to reconsider. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Apr 17, 2019 |
What kept me apart from Mr. Trollope for so long? I've had the Modern Library combined edition of Barchester Towers and The Warden for ages, and after beginning it, and falling in love, found a complete set of the Barchester Chronicles bound in red leather at the local antique store. The universe wants me to make up for lost time in style.

Set in the 1850s, the novel is a response to the movement against sinecure preferments in government and the Church of England. Mr. Septimus Harding is a kind-hearted clergyman and the titular Warden of a charity hospital. The problem is that residents of the hospital are, by tradition, still paid the stipend specified in a centuries-old will while the warden receives the rest of the (now handsome) income. A reform minded John Bold, in love with Harding's daughter Eleanor, feels duty bound to challenge the right of the warden to such extreme wealth in the name of charity. Barchester society is upended.

Trollope mostly concerns himself with the affluent middle class and the clergy, but I appreciated a satire without any bitterness - and admit that such a satire can effect little change despite its wit. He is forgiving and humorous towards even his villains. His talent makes Trollope more than worthy of giving Dickens a smack on the wrist by referring to the novels of a "Mr. Popular Sentiment" in the text, and shows a great deal of style by at the same time writing a stirring tribute to that author's gift of creating supporting characters that root into your mind and become inseparable from the archetypes they represent. Reading this was a pleasure end to end, the meetings of the characters, the rooms they inhabited and the conflict between younger and elder generations was very well done. Trollope certainly doesn't side with the future - perhaps this is why he isn't as popular as he was 150 years ago - but he deserves recognition as a chronicler of his times.

I continue my travels through Barchester in Barchester Towers. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Highly enjoyable satire skewering the administration of bequests by the church, and the role of the press and the law in public disputes. Apart from the language it could have been written today, so sharp was the wit and pillorying of the central protagonists. Dickensian character names e.g. John Bold, who is Bold, but ill-considered; Mr Harding, who is a pushover, not hard at all; etc., add to the fun.
Highly recommended to book groups, as ours enjoyed a full 90 minutes of discussion, with more to discuss yet. ( )
  celerydog | Apr 2, 2018 |
I started this after seeing Julian Fellowes' adaptation of the third Chronicles of Barsetshire novel and figured I should start from the beginning to really get a feel for the town. The Warden was short, but sharp in its depiction of our characters: the well-intentioned young reformer trying to right historic financial wrongs, the naively befuddled titular Warden who is oh-so-wounded by the press, the Warden's son-in-law the archdeacon who will fight on his father-in-law (and the Church's) right to Hiram's Will's income, etc. It seemed neatly resolved at the end (with lawyers' winning through their fees, I suppose), but it looks like the matter's not done yet considering the characters in [b:Barchester Towers|125321|Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire #2)|Anthony Trollope|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387980968s/125321.jpg|3299857]... ( )
  Daumari | Dec 30, 2017 |
* illeggibile
*** sufficiente
**** discreto
***** bello
******* capolavoro

C’è un profumo di satira settecentesca (contro il potere dilagante della stampa, ad esempio) che si stempera in una bonaria ironia alla Austen, decuplicata. Una squisita commedia di campagna tenuta insieme da un fil di ferro morale che fa desiderare l’esistenza della contea di Barchester e, per noi, almeno la possibilità di passarvi le vacanze, ospiti dell’amministratore.
Trollope (Conosceva il mondo troppo bene per rischiare il piacere di quei momenti lieti prolungandoli fino a renderli sgradevoli. (p.38)) ha scritto sei romanzi con la stessa ambientazione: godo al pensiero che ne ho altri cinque da leggere.
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  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Trollope, Anthonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Church, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrap, PhyllisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawthorne, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shrimpton, NicholasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shrimpton, NicholasIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Skilton, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tillotson, GeoffreyAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
West, TimothyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The book centers on the character of Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. Young John Bold turns his reforming zeal to exposing what he considers to be an abuse of privilege, despite being in love with Mr. Harding's daughter Eleanor. The novel was highly topical as a case regarding the misapplication of church funds was the scandalous subject of contemporary debate. But Trollope uses this specific case to explore and illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality. This edition includes an introduction and notes by David Skilton and illustrations by Edward Ardizzone.

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Reverend Septimus Harding is warden of the alms-house at Barchester providing charity for twelve of the town's neediest and an income for himself to the town's way of thinking. John Bold, even though he is in love with the Reverend's daughter, decides to look into this apparent misuse of church funds.… (more)

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