The American Senator ~ BIG READ

From 6th September to 15th November 2021 we will be reading The American Senator together on Zoom.

Join Trollope enthusiasts from across the world every two weeks to discuss The American Senator as we read it together.

We are delighted that Dr Nicholas Shrimpton has kindly agreed to introduce the novel, discussing the emerging themes of the novel.

Nicholas Shrimpton is an Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is the editor of Trollope’s The Prime Minister (2011), An Autobiography (2014), and The Warden (2014) for Oxford World’s Classics.

The Hon Elias Gotobed, Senator of the United States from the State of Mikewa, has made the acquaintance in Washington of John Morton, one of the heroes of the novel, a rising young diplomatist. On his return to England the Senator accompanies him to study English institutions, and digest his information into a lecture, to be delivered first in London and ultimately in America. … the senator’s part is the most elaborately written, and, fair or unfair in its satire, the pleasantest to read.

Unsigned notice, Nation (New York) 23 August 1877

Zoom meetings

  • Monday 6th September, 2021 at 8:00pm BST – Chapters 1-13
  • Monday 20th September, 2021 at 8:00pm BST – Chapters 14-26
  • Monday 4th October, 2021 at 8:00pm BST – Chapters 27-39
  • Monday 18th October, 2021 at 8:00pm BST – Chapters 40-52
  • Monday 1st November, 2021 at 8:00pm GMT – Chapters 53-66
  • Monday 15th November, 2021 at 8:00pm GMT – Chapters 67-80

Terms of use

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You only need to register once, you can then attend any of the above meetings without needing to register again.

We will send you an email with instructions on how to join and the password. Using Zoom is easy, just click on the link in the email and follow the instructions. Please note that you will not be able to join the meeting until 8.00pm (UK time) on the day.

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