Although not as well-known in America as some of his fellow Victorians, Anthony Trollope was a fine, richlyentertaining writer. These paired novels, set in the imaginary British cathedral town of Barchester, teem with vivid characters, such as the scheming and ambitious curate Obadiah Slope, who finds himself pitted against the iron-fisted Mrs. Proudie, his bishop’s wife who fancies herself the real bishop. These characters dramatize issues of money, love, class consciousness, rapid social change, and the religious versus the secular in the England of the 1850s. The Warden, whose central character is a saintly musician, is a shorter lead-in to Barchester Towers, which is thought by many to be one of the funniest novels in the English language. The assigned editions are: The Warden (Penguin, 1986 or 2004) and Barchester Towers (Penguin, 1994 or 2003) both by Anthony Trollope. Do join us for rollicking discussion of these wonderful books!