Barchester Towers (1857) by Anthony Trollope is one of the charming series of loosely connected novels set in Barsetshire. Written as a sequel to "The Warden," and described as humorous, this wonderful novel interweaves power, love, greed, and deceit in Barchester. It wryly chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester. The evangelical but not particularly competent new bishop is Dr. Proudie, who with his awful wife and oily curate, Slope, maneuver for power. The residents and clergy of Barchester are faced with the continuation of the wardenship controversy, the tyranny of the controlling Mrs. Proudie (the new bishop's spouse), and the insinuating onslaught of hypocrite and social climber Mr. Obadiah Slope — to amusing effect, and culminating in rather satisfying circumstances. Trollope is one of the great writers of 19th century English literature, and this novel is an excellent example of his ability to capture the comedy of morals in mid-Victorian society. Trollope was well aware that the seemingly parochial power struggles that determine the action of Barchester Towers — struggles whose comic possibilities he exploits to hilarious effect — actually went to the heart of mid-Victorian English society, and had, in other times and other guises, led to civil war and constitutional upheaval. That awareness heightens the comedy and intensifies the drama in this magnificent novel and it transforms the story of a fight for ascendency among the clergy and dependants of a great English cathedral into something fundamental and universal.