Domestic Manners of the Americans
"I am convinced there is no writer who has so well and accurately (I need not add, so entertainingly) described [America] ... as you have done"?Dickens to Fanny Trollope, 1842
When Fanny Trollope set sail for America in 1827, she took with her three of her children and a young French artist. She left behind her son Anthony, growing debts and a husband going slowly mad from mercury poisoning. But her hopes of joining a Utopian community of emancipated slaves were soon dashed, and she and her children were forced to live by their wits in Cincinnati, then a booming frontier town on the Ohio River. What followed was a tragicomedy of illness, scandal and failed business ventures that left them destitute.
Nevertheless, on her return to England, Fanny turned her misfortunes into a remarkable book. Domestic Manners was a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. A masterpiece of nineteenth-century travel-writing, it is also a timeless satire on a society torn between high ideals and human frailties. It remains as perceptive and funny today as it was when it was first published.
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Review: Domestic Manners of the AmericansUser Review - Haley - Goodreads
Some of use are clueless and brilliant at the same time. Yet few of us are also as determined as Fanny Trollope, who saved her family from financial ruin by putting together her travel notes into an ... Read full review
Review: Domestic Manners of the AmericansUser Review - Becky Weaver - Goodreads
I only gave this book three stars because I don't think it deserves more, but what a fun read. Mrs. Trollope was not a wise woman, and I doubt she was a likeable one, but her misadventures traveling ... Read full review