|Lady Laura Standish is one of three women that the titular hero tries to woo.|
by Anthony Trollope
|This is Violet Effingham, the second female love interest in Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope. Violet Effingham is obviously younger and more attractive then Lady Laura Standish|
What is the Audience for Anthony Trollope in 2012? Literature grad students and undergraduates. Publishing professionals? Anthony Trollope was, above all else- prolific. He wrote two six volume Novel series about two separate environments- the Barset books deal with a church intensive part of rural England and the Palliser series- to which Phineas Finn belongs. The Palliser series , "analyzes the lifes and loves of government ministers and their families."
|Madame Max Goesler: This is the third love interest for Phineas Finn a wealthy Jewish widow. Trollope is pretty straight up about confronting anti-Semetic attitudes in british society in the 19th century.|
WHOOO! Are you excited by that description? Is anyone? Seriously, anyone in the world who isn't a graduate student or undergraduate studying literature who wants to read a six volume series about the lives and loves of government ministers in Victorian England? I suppose the answer is television shows of the sort Aaron Sorkin specializes in. By extension, you could include all of the doctor and lawyer tv shows and novels.
|This is Phineas Finn, the titular hero- here looking older then in the book. The character type is recognizable as the "Hugh Grant" style of appeal and awkwardness. A contemporary remake of Phineas Finn might well star Hugh Grant|
Compared to the Barsetshire Chronicles, the Government Ministers live in a more "exciting" environment- if you consider 19th century British parliamentary procedure "exciting."
The fact that Trollope is the first to master the mundane details of a proto-modern life does everything to both ensure his enduring inclusion as a classic Victorian Novelist while also minimizing his appeal to a contemporary Audience for classic literature. Also Trollope is writing like someone who got paid by the word- and he did actually get paid by the word. Trollope is a wizz at managing the multiple strands of plot the length of the Novel requires. His writing has a formal elegance that surpasses predecessor/contemporaries like Charles Dickens.