Written when Trollope was at the height of his popularity,The
Small House at Allingtoncontains his most admired heroine in
Lily Dale - a young woman of independent spirit who nonetheless
longs to be loved - and is a moving dramatization of the ways in
which personal dilemmas are affected by social pressures.
Anthony Trollope (1815-82) was one of the most widely enjoyed and prolific novelists of the nineteenth century. His books include the great Chronicles of Barsetshire, of which The Small House at Allington is the fifth volume. Trollope worked for the Post Office for much of his adult life, combining postal and literary business as he travelled around the British Empire. He has been credited with the creation of the distinctive British pillar box. The other five titles in the Chronicles of Barsetshire are The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage and The Last Chronicle of Barset.