Domestic Manners of the Americans

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Penguin Books Limited, 1997 - History - 364 pages
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"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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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

"I never beheld a scene so utterly desolate as this entrance of the Mississippi. Had Dante seen it, he might have drawn images of another Bolgia from its horrors. One only object rears itself above ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bill Kerwin - Goodreads

In 1827, her husband's law practice having failed, Frances Trollope set sail for the mouth of the Mississippi with three of her six children, hoping to relieve the pressure of family debt either by ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

PAMELA NEVILLE-SINGTON lives in West London. She is a member of the Trollope Society, and Viking publish her biography, Fanny Trollope: The Life and Adventures of a Clever Woman.

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