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London Tradesmen

London Tradesmen

Originally a series of anonymous articles for the Pall Mall Gazette, published between July and September in 1880. The eleven tradesmen sketched are the tailor; the chemist; the butcher; the plumber; the horse dealer; the fishmonger; the greengrocer; the wine-merchant; the publican and the haberdasher.

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London Tradesman

ISBN 9781870587822

Approx 192 pages

Published 2003

Trollope was renewing his connection with a newspaper which had last published him in the 1860s, and these are among his best essays, giving rare glimpses of livelihoods all to often invisible within the pages of Victorian fiction. They also tell us a great deal about Trollope’s own sensibilities and prejudices. On the best sort of wine-merchant he writes: ‘to dine with him is, according to our ideas, the acme of human bliss’. Here too the author shows his hatred of modern advertising, and his delightful sense of irony, particularly in the essay on plumbers, whom he calls ‘sullen and dishonest’; it is doubtful, he goes on to say, whether many plumbers go to heaven: perhaps as many as government officials….

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