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From Gatherum to Gulgong: Trollope in Australia

On April 24, 1815, just off Russell Square in Bloomsbury, with Napoleon just across the Channel and weeks away from defeat at Waterloo, Anthony Trollope came into the world; a world which he would recreate more perceptively, credibly and readably than any other novelist in that great age of fiction. In his lifetime Britain reached its apogee and its empire grew and Trollope, a man of astonishing energy and endless curiosity—even in late middle age—spent years travelling throughout the English-speaking world.  His bicentenary seems a good reason to recall his visit to Australia in 1871. He was, as Nigel Starck…

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