Anthony Trollope (1815-82) was one of the most widely enjoyed and prolific novelists of the nineteenth century. His books include the great Chronicles of Barsetshire, of which The Small House at Allington is the fifth volume. Trollope worked for the Post Office for much of his adult life, combining postal and literary business as he travelled around the British Empire. He has been credited with the creation of the distinctive British pillar box. The other five titles in the Chronicles of Barsetshire are The Warden, Barchester Towers, Dr Thorne, Framley Parsonage and The Last Chronicle of Barset, all of which are published in the Penguin English Library.