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.