on 9 July 2013
I am in the course of reading all of Trollope's novels in the order in which he wrote them. These shorter novels - Nina Balatka, Linda Tressel and the Golden Lion of Granpere - were written as an experiment. Trollope felt at this point in his mid-career that his name alone was enough to ensure sales, and he wanted to try something different, so these were published anonymously (actually, after the first two, his publishers refused to play ball and insisted on putting his name on the Golden Lion). They were a sales failure, not because they were anonymous, but because they are dull, dull, dull. Caricature characters, melodramatic plots, none of the realistic subplotting and detail his readers were accustomed to in his works. I only pressed on because I want to complete the whole set.