Social Politics: The Eustace Diamonds

  • John Halperin


Trollope always maintained that The Eustace Diamonds (1871—3)1, one of his most popular novels, was not one of his best. The novel received considerable attention in the reviews, and reactions were mostly favorable. Exceptions were the Athenaeum, only lukewarm in its praise; the Spectator, which found Lizzie unbelievable and unsympathetic, the other characters (with the exception of Lord Fawn — a general favorite) loathe-some, base, sordid, and unreal, and the novel generally depressing; and the Nation (New York), which complained of the novelist’s “familiar mannerious” and “formal slowness.” The Examiner, and Harper’s Magazine (New York), both said The Eustace Diamonds was Trollope’s greatest novel; while The Times, calling it one of his best, added that in it Trollope “has done one of the most difficult things in the world — he has made a respectable man [Fawn] interesting.” The Saturday Review satisfied itself by announcing that “Trollope is himself again” and that Lizzie would live forever.2


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© John Halperin 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Halperin
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  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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