Anthony Trollope Framley Parsonage in the Cornhill Magazine, Jan.1860-Apr.1861

'I wish Mr Trollope would go on writing 'Framley parsonage' for ever. I don't see any reason why it should ever come to an end, and everyone I know is always dreading the last number.' (Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith, publisher of the Cornhill, 1 March 1860)

Framley Parsonage
  The Novel

Framley Parsonage was the opening serial in the Cornhill, a new monthly magazine edited by Thackeray. It was Trollope's tenth novel, but the first to be published in instalments, and he was delighted at the offer of £1,000 - 'more than double I had yet received' - for the work. Writing in serial form, he discovered, was a good discipline: plots had to be carefully structured and there could be 'no long succession of dull pages'. The story, with Millais' illustrations, was a huge success with the Cornhill readers; sales of the first issue reached 120,000 copies, and rarely fell below 80,000.