One of the most popular and beloved writers of the 19th century, Anthony Trollope was also an insatiably curious traveler. He was the quintessential Victorian voyager—adventurous and energetic, with a fine sense of humor and irony—and his career in the General Post Office gave him the opportunity to travel widely. By 1882 he had been twice around the world. These selections from his reports on the West Indies, North America, Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa make for delightful reading, as fresh as when they were written. And they reveal Trollope as a professional and enthusiastic investigator of political, social, and economic conditions. To read his travel writings, suggests Graham Handley, "is to become aware of the character of the man and the qualities which make him one of the most interesting literary personalities of his time. His enthusiasm for life, like his enthusiasm for writing, was uncurbed to the end."
Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) is best known for his Barsetshire and Palliser novels. Graham Handley, a writer and editor in London, has published widely on 19th-century fiction.