The Duke's Children (Annotated)

The Duke's Children (Annotated)

by Anthony Trollope


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The Duke's Children is a novel by Anthony Trollope, first published in 1879 as a serial in All the Year Round. It is the sixth and final novel of the Palliser series.

The plot concerns the children of the Duke of Omnium, Plantagenet Palliser, and his late wife, Lady Glencora. When Lady Glencora dies unexpectedly, the Duke is left to deal with his grownup children, with whom he has a somewhat distant relationship. As the government in which he is Prime Minister has also fallen, the Duke is left bereft of both his beloved wife and his political position.

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ISBN-13: 9781077314474
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC - KDP Print US
Publication date: 07/04/2019
Pages: 580
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 - 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Among his best-loved works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters.
Trollope's literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid-twentieth century.

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The Duke's Children 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bars14 More than 1 year ago
The Duke is rich and powerful. He has been the Prime Minister of Britain. He is a kind and affectionate father. The day-to-day needs of the children were taken care of by the mother though. Now the duchess dies after an illness unexpectedly and the children are adults. How is the Duke to deal with his adult children in the absence of his wife who knows them best? With British politics of the era in the background “The Duke’s Children” is the last of the Palliser series of novels written by Anthony Trollope . This particular novel is the least political and more the personal life of a just-resigned Prime Minister. He has just given up his job, and lost his wife, and now though loving and compliant each of the Duke’s three children have issues with him. He is disappointed in them on several occasions, and tries to impose his will on them. Over the course of the novel he deals with his prejudices and his children’s obstinacy. He eventually gives in to their choices and their way of thinking, remaining always a loving and gentle father. This is the crux of the story. With humor, a lot of realism and cast of memorable characters, Trollope brings the story of the Duke of Omnium to life. For lovers of British fiction of the Victorian period, this is a must read. For everyone else, it gives a Victorian style answer to a still relatable conundrum. The Oxford edition comes with an introduction to both Trollope and this series. It gives an overview of the British political scene of the period.
mbmackay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final book of the Palliser series - and I feel a sense of loss in parting from the characters I have grown to know and enjoy over the last couple of thousand pages. As is standard for Trollope, the plot is not complex and there is no suspense but he paints such rich pictures of the upper class and delivers believable characters. Wonderful stuff. Read April 2011.
stringcat3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This last of the Palliser series is much more entertaining than its predecessor, The Prime Minister. The Duke's son, Lord Silverbridge will remind the reader of a scaled-down Phineas Finn but, I think, more endearing (as Lady Mab has discovered). The Duke himself is more sympathetic than in the previous volumes. In The Prime Minister he was either being overshadowed by his wife, the formidible Glencora, or indulging in those bouts of self-pity and hand-wringing that made most everyone he knew want to slap him. He now has a world of hurt and trouble visited on him in this last Palliser novel, and deserves some measure of, if not sympathy, then at least empathy.Mrs. Finn, previously Madame Max, gets once more to kick some Palliser butt, and it's highly enjoyable to watch (i.e., read). She reminds me somewhat of Martha Dunstable, later Mrs. Dr. Thorne, but less puckish.Major Tifto is a quite satisfactory heel, and Dolly Longstaff, now 35-years-young, gets a few aristocratic zingers in.
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the monumental six part 'Palliser' series.I have just (mid January 2010) completed my reading of the whole set and I have throughly enjoyed the experience. It begins with "Can You Forgive Her?" and continues with "Phineas Finn",then "The Eustace Diamonds","Phineas Redux","The Prime Minister",and then finishes with "The Dukes Children". This mainly concerns the Duke of Omnium's heir,Lord Silverbridge and his attempt to marry a girl thought unsuitable by his rather unbending father. The Duke's daughter,Lady Mary,is also proving to be a worry to him,as she is also set on marriage with a near penniless suitor. There are additional trials for the Duke as the gambling debts of Silverbridge and a second son,Gerald need to be dealt with. Trollope has written in an excellent villain in Major Tifto for whom the reader will ,I'm sure find a certain amount of sympathy.Of course the problems of the Victorian age are not those that have much relevance today,but the strength of the writing carry the story along well.My one and only criticism of Trollope is in the naming of some of his secondary characters. For example Sir Timothy Beeswax and Miss Cassewary.This seems to me to smack of laziness on the part of an otherwise marvelous writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago