Why is Trollope known as a male Jane Austen?

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There are many ways in which Anthony Trollope’s work is similar to that of Jane Austen. Although Trollope was far more prolific than Austen, and his works have a greater variety of setting and are not confined to romance plots, many of his best known works, like the works of Austen, are character driven domestic novels set in small towns. Like Austen, Trollope excels at close observation of domestic manners of the gentry, has a fluid and graceful prose style, and creates characters who are realistic and well-balanced. Rather than relying on suspense, both Trollope and Austen engage us by presenting not ideal characters, but decent, average people, in relatively ordinary situations, presented humourously but sympathetically. They both deal with the morality of everyday life.

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