Trollope and Austen
Posted by Barbara on October 02, 1998 at 23:44:55:
In response to A load of old trollope!, written by Caroline on October 02, 1998 at 16:36:37
] Thanks, Barb! he's on my yuck-list, for precisely that reason. He's just too "smart", too, too "knowing", for me, too. I often think he's tryingto be Jane austen and ending up like Dorothy Parker.
Well, there are clear Austen influences in Anthony Trollope--like The Small House at Allington, which has many simliarities to S&S, and his story The Bertrams.
I read/heard that his writing method or technique was strict discipline. He made himself crank out X amount of writing per day, every day. He wrote at certain hours, because he had a regular day job with the postal service, I believe. And to me, a lot of the way he writes sounds either mechanical, or I feel like yelling at him "Just SAY it already!"
Also, I find him, for the most part, long on narration and short on dialogue, while Austen's dialogue is such a delight to read.
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