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The Three Clerks

The Three Clerks was drawn from the author’s memories of his work at the Post Office in St Martin-le-Grand. The story concerns three civil servants, Henry Norman and the cousins Alaric and Charley Tudor who are involved with the three daughters of a clergyman’s widow.

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Introduced by Jack Hall

ISBN 9781870587228

539 pages

Publication 1994

Charley’s entrance examination to the Internal Navigation Office is a reminiscent of Trollope’s on entering the Post Office. Charley – like the young ‘hobbledehoy’ author in real life – adopts bad manners and habits but nonetheless, the youngest Woodward daughter, Katie, falls in love with him despite the opposition of her mother: a Trollopian twist of fate lies in store for her. Elizabeth Barratt Browning said the third volume ‘wrung [her] to tears’.


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