95: The Way We Live Now

In a large bag, combine shady financiers, dissolute aristocrats and marriageable heiresses; spice with lower-class stereotypes and brash Americans to taste; add one improbable paragon of old-fashioned virtue; shake vigorously for 800 pages; serve with comic relish, sentimental syrup and a pinch of melancholy.

The Sometime Seminar discusses Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (1875), a sprawling novel of finance and marriage.

Supplemental link: John Lanchester argues the novel’s relevance to a 2010s audience for NPR

Note on e-texts: the Penguin Classics edition is terrible, riddled with errors and typos.

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