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Skilton, David 1942-

Works: 110 works in 556 publications in 2 languages and 8,761 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Didactic fiction  Pastoral fiction  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  History  Satire  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR5684, 823.8
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Most widely held works by David Skilton
Lady Audley's secret by M. E Braddon( )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lady Audley's Secret (1862) subtly undermined the Victorian myth that female self-assertion was a form of insanity. At the same time it established the prolific Mary Elizabeth Braddon as a leading 'sensation' novelist, a rival to the master of the genre, Wilkie Collins. Flouting the Victorian convention of the 'blue-eyed wax-doll' heroine, Braddon presented a sexually attractive woman with great depth and complexity of character: a woman, as one contemporary critic put it, 'high-strung...full of passion, purpose, and movement - very liable to error'. This novel can now be seen as an anticipation of Ibsen's great dramas, and as an unabashed bid for feeedom from the constraints of Victorian womanhood."--BOOK JACKET
The English novel : Defoe to the Victorians by David Skilton( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The warden by Anthony Trollope( Book )

38 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Warden centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to the purposes of the foundation
Anthony Trollope and his contemporaries: a study in the theory and conventions of mid-Victorian fiction by David Skilton( Book )

41 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1972, the second edition of this highly respected classic of Trollope criticism will be welcomed by Trollope scholars everywhere. David Skilton examines the literary background against which Trollope wrote, and drawing on the vast evidence of mid-Victorian periodical criticism, he shows how this criticism controlled the novelist's creativity. He then goes on to examine Trollope's particular type of realism in the context of the theories of literary imagination current in the 1860s. 'A book I admire. It has been of great value to me.' - J. Hillis Miller 'The first and still the best study of Trollope's relationships, connections and interactions with the literary world of his own time. Skilton's is the necessary introduction to any serious investigation of Trollope's fiction.' - John Sutherland
Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fortune smiles on Mark Robarts, a young man of charm and principle. Not only has Lady Lufton appointed him Vicar of Framley, but he has also been blessed with a happy marriage. Yet, his naivety and social ambition draw him toward a sophisticated, worldly set who question his moral values and sense of honour. Falling under the spell of the roguish Nathaniel Sowerby, Robarts is brought to the edge of ruin. Only his friends can save him but will they discover his predicament in time? For Lady Lufton there are further trials and tribulations when she suspects her son of forming an unsuitable attachment. Anthony Trollope brings all his accustomed wit, perceptive eye and lively comic touches to this matchless portrayal of nineteenth century life. Published to great acclaim in 1860, Framley Parsonage is one of his most popular novels and the fourth in the Barsetshire Chronicles."--Publisher's description
Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope( Book )

28 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The novel centres on a case of anguish, guilt, and pathos of the central character, Lady Mason. Youthful marriage choices, middle-aged marital crisis, and the moving love and loss of an elderly man revolve around the legal action and the complex portrayal of Lady Mason, who is both sympathetic and wily. The novel proposes a standard of morality higher than that embodied in the practice of an English court of law."--BOOK JACKET
Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fine country house set in rolling acres, a handsome young master and his beautiful sweetheart. A timeless, idyllic English scene. Yet something is wrong with this perfect picture. With all its pleasing vistas, Frank Gresham's vast estate is a landscape of debt, every last piece mortgaged by a feckless father. And the only birthright of Mary Thorne, the beloved niece of the village's respected doctor, is the stigma of illegitimacy
The Early and mid-Victorian novel by David Skilton( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1.6 E.S. Dallas, review of Dickens's Great Expectations, The Times, 1861 -- 1.7 J.C. Jeaffreson, review of Trollope's The Small House at Allington, Athenaeum, 1864 -- 1.8 Edith Simcox, review of George Eliot's Middlemarch, Academy, 1873 -- 2 Fiction with a purpose -- 2.1 T.H. Lister, on Dickens, Edinburgh Review, 1838 -- 2.2 Review of Dickens's The Chimes, Economist, 1845 -- 2.3 Preface to the 1845 edition of Edward Bulwer Lytton, Night and Morning -- 2.4 E.S. Dallas, The Gay Science, 1866 -- 2.5 Edward Dowden, 'George Eliot', Contemporary Review, 1872
Tess of the d'Urbervilles : an authoritative text ; Hardy and the novel ; criticism by Thomas Hardy( Book )

41 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tess struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, but is no match for the wiles of various men, who use her and then condemn her. She is a classic tragic hero, good of heart but damned by society
Reform and intellectual debate in Victorian England by Barbara Dennis( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

6.3 An inquiry into the state of girls' fashionable schools -- 6.4 The University of London and middle-class education -- 6.5 Universities of England - Oxford -- 6.6 Queen's College, London -- 6.7 Technical education a national want -- 7 Leisure and the Arts -- 7.1 Sundays and festivals -- 7.2 Pictures and picture-criticism -- 7.3 A petition to novel-writers -- 7.4 A word about our theatres -- 7.5 The present state of photography -- 7.6 A sportsman's apology -- Further Reading -- Index
The Claverings by Anthony Trollope( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its first appearance in 1867, this novel has been acclaimed as one of Trollope's most successful protrayals of mid-Victorian life. The Claverings is filled with contemporary detail and shows, as Trollope often does, the weakness of men and the emotional strength of women
Esther Waters, an English story by George Moore( Book )

22 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Esther Waters (1894) was one of the first English novels to defeat Victorian moral censorship. George Moore's story of a mother's fight for the life of her illegitimate son won Mr Gladstone's approval and was admitted, unaltered, into those bastions of Victorian conformity, the circulating libraries. Esther Waters is forced to leave home and become a servant in a well-to-do household. Seduced in a moment of weakness she has to leave her position and the novel charts her poignant story of poverty and hardship: first the lying-in hospital, then service as a wet-nurse, and even the workhouse as she struggles to look after her child."--Back cover
The law and the lady by Wilkie Collins( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valeria Woodville must unravel the secrets of her husband's earlier life; she takes the law into her own hands and becomes one of the first woman detectives in fiction
The prime minister by Anthony Trollope( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can a morally scrupulous English gentleman make an effective Prime Minister? This is one of the enduringly fascinating problems posed in The Prime Minister (1876). And as Plantaganet Palliser, Duke of Omnium, overenthusiastically supported by Lady Glencora, presides over the Coalition government, Trollope reaches into the highest echelons of the English establishment, depicting political realities rather than ideology, portraying social, sexual and domestic politics as well as the public variety. The world of the novel is perplexed and dominated by the handsome impostor Ferdinand Lopez. Even the Duke and Duchess are not immune to his malign influence, as Lopez pursues Emily Wharton for her charm and her fortune, and plots to win membership of that most exclusive of English clubs, the Houses of Parliament
The golden lion of Granpère by Anthony Trollope( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a village in the Vosges mountains in north-eastern France, The Golden Lion of Granpere (1867) was written when Trollope was at the height of his popularity. The novel concerns the events in the lives of an innkeeper's family; the relationship between George Voss, the landlord's son, and his beloved Marie, the rivalry between Voss and another suitor for Marie's hand in marriage, and the results of a betrothal based on mutual misunderstandings. A small-scale work, precise and detailed, it demonstrated a skill and level of social analysis peculiarly Trollope's own. This is a romance devoid of political dimension, yet acutely attentive to what a contemporary critic called 'the characteristic dress in which the small diplomacies of all kinds of social life clothe themselves'
The fixed period : a novel by Anthony Trollope( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trollope's only science fiction novel, written in 1880, is set in the year 1980 on an island near New Zealand where euthanasia for citizens over the age of 67 is compulsory
Defoe to the Victorians : two centuries of the English novel by David Skilton( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1985 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autobiography by Anthony Trollope( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selvbiografi af den engelske forfatter (1815-1882)
Can you forgive her? by Anthony Trollope( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? is the first of the six Palliser novels. In this volume Trollope examines parliamentary election and marriage, politics and privacy. He dissects the Victorian upper class. Issues and people shed their pretenses under his patient, ironic probe. But it is on women and their predicament that Trollope particularly focuses. "What should a woman do with her life?" asks Alice Vavasor. And each woman, being different and unique, has her own answer, from the uncomfortably married Lady Glencora to the coquettish Mrs. Greenow, to Alice's clear-headed cousin Kate
He knew he was right by Anthony Trollope( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The central theme of the novel is the sexual jealousy of Louis Trevelyan who unjustly accuses his wife Emily of a liaison with a friend of her father's. As his suspicion deepens into madness, Trollope gives us a profound psychological study in which Louis' obsessive delirium is comparable to the tormented figure of Othello, tragically flawed by self-deception. Against the disintegration of the Trevelyans' marriage, a lively cast of characters explore the ideas of female emancipation and how to distinguish between obedience and subjection. Although himself no supporter of women's rights, in this novel some of Trollope's most spirited characters are single women. Published in 1869, the same year as John Stuart Mills' The Subjection of Women and while the Divorce Act was a relative novelty, He Knew He Was Right was a timely novel, drawing a fine line between the obedience of women within marriage and their total possession by men. "--Amazon
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The warden
The wardenAnthony Trollope and his contemporaries: a study in the theory and conventions of mid-Victorian fictionFramley ParsonageOrley FarmDoctor ThorneTess of the d'Urbervilles : an authoritative text ; Hardy and the novel ; criticismThe ClaveringsEsther Waters, an English story
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Skilton, David

Skilton, David John 1942-

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