by Anthony Trollope
The final Barsetshire novel by Anthony Trollope, published serially in 1866-67 and in book form in 1867. It is a satirical view of a materialistic society. The principal figures of the novel appeared in earlier BARSETSHIRE NOVELS. It is the story--with elaborate complications--of a poor curate accused of stealing p20. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Anthony Trollope was a masterful satirist with an unerring eye for the most intrinsic details of human behavior and an imaginative grasp of the preoccupations of nineteenth-century English novels. In The Last Chronicle of Barset, Mr. Crawley, curate of Hogglestock, falls deeply into debt, bringing suffering to himself and his family. To make matters worse, he is accused of theft, can't remember where he got the counterfeit check he is alleged to have stolen, and must stand trial. Trollope's powerful portrait of this complex man-gloomy, brooding, and proud, moving relentlessly from one humiliation to another-achieves tragic dimensions.