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Doctor Wortle's School

Doctor Wortle's School by Anthony Trollope
By: (1815-1882)

Doctor Wortle's School by Anthony Trollope is a charming and engaging novel that delves into the intricacies of small-town life and the scandal that rocks a traditional English boarding school. The story revolves around Dr. Wortle, the headmaster of the school, who finds himself in a moral dilemma when it is revealed that one of his pupils is the illegitimate son of a notorious artist.

Trollope's character development is exceptional, with each character being complex and fully realized. Dr. Wortle is a sympathetic and principled man who must navigate the fallout of the scandal while maintaining his integrity. The interactions between the characters are realistic and nuanced, adding depth to the story.

The novel also explores themes of morality, forgiveness, and the consequences of societal norms. Trollope's prose is elegant and insightful, drawing the reader into the world of Doctor Wortle's School with vivid descriptions and compelling dialogue.

Overall, Doctor Wortle's School is a timeless and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with readers who enjoy character-driven stories and moral dilemmas. Trollope's deft storytelling and keen observations make this a compelling read that will stay with you long after you finish the final page.

Book Description:
Anthony Trollope’s fortieth novel, published in 1881, concerns a respectable Christian boys’ school whose proprietor unknowingly hires a woman who apparently has two husbands: A devoted English scholar and an abusive drunkard from the American south. The book interweaves a sensitive and realistic exploration of Dr. Wortle’s moral dilemma with a humorous look at small-town gossip and--of course--a romance involving the doctor’s beautiful young daughter. (

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