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Overview

The publication of Domestic Manners of the Americans in 1832 caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. Part satire, part masterpiece of nineteenth-century travel writing, this perceptive and humorous book grew from Trollope's ill-fated attempt to escape growing debts and the oppressively black moods of her husband. When she left England in 1827 with three of her children and a young French artist, her destination was a utopian community in Tennessee, established to prepare slaves for eventual emancipation. Horrified by the primitive conditions she discovered there, Trollope quickly fled with her children to the booming frontier town of Cincinnati. After two miserable years she retreated to England, where she launched her remarkably successful literary career with this timeless and biting commentary on a society torn between high ideals and human frailties.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140435610
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 830,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Mrs Fanny Trollope is the nom-de-plume of Frances Trollope, English novelist, born near Bristol, in 1780. She first came to public notice with the publication of Domestic Manners of the Americans, and went on to publish over 100 volumes, including Jessie Phillips, and Michael Armstrong, Britain’s first “workhouse” novel She died in Florence in 1863. Anthony Trollope, well known author of the Barchester Chronicles, was her third son.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Selected Further Reading Note on the Text

DOMESTIC MANNERS OF THE AMERICANS

Appendix A: Unpublished Preface from the Rough Draft of Domestic Manners of the Americans

Appendix B: Preface to the Fifth Edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans (1839)

Appendix C: 'A Fragment' Appended to the Fifth Edition

Notes

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