Domestic Manners of the Americans

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Frances Trollope, mother of the great Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, wrote more than 40 books in her lifetime, including provocative, landmark novels dealing with important social issues. Today, however, she's best known for her witty, entertaining, and controversial account of American life and culture -- Domestic Manners of the Americans. First published in 1832, this travel classic presents a lively portrait of early-nineteenth-century America as observed by a woman of rare intelligence and keen ...
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Overview

Frances Trollope, mother of the great Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, wrote more than 40 books in her lifetime, including provocative, landmark novels dealing with important social issues. Today, however, she's best known for her witty, entertaining, and controversial account of American life and culture -- Domestic Manners of the Americans. First published in 1832, this travel classic presents a lively portrait of early-nineteenth-century America as observed by a woman of rare intelligence and keen perception. Mrs. Trollope left no stone unturned, commenting on American dress, food, speech, politics, manners, customs, the landscape, architecture, and more -- often critically, occasionally admiringly, but always with considerable insight and fine literary flair. Of her, Mark Twain observed: "Of all the tourists I like Dame Trollope best, she found a 'civilization' here which you, reader, could not have endured; and which you would not have regarded as a civilization at all. Mrs. Trollope spoke of this civilization in plain terms -- plain and unsugared, but honest and without malice, and without hate." An immediate best-seller on its first publication, the book remains one of the most popular of all American travel accounts.
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Rochelle Gurstein
The best chronicle of the home and domestic life in antebellum America -- and of its municipal buildings, churches, museums, theaters, cities, and towns -- is still Frances Trollope's 1832 Domestic Manners of the Americans. -- Lingua Franca
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486431390
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 8/27/2003
  • Series: Dover Value Editions Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 847,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Trollope (1780-1863) wrote her first book, Domestic Manners, at the age of 53 and went on to write over forty more after its phenomenal success. She travelled to America to assist in the founding of a utopian community in the face of financial ruin in England, and after several failed business ventures began to gather material for her travel book. She supported six children after the death of her husband, one of whom, Anthony Trollope, followed her into writing.

Elsie B. Michie is Professor of English at Louisiana State University. Her books include Outside the Pale: Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference, and the Victorian Woman Writer (1993) and The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses, Materialism, and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James (2011). She has edited a Frances Trollope novel, The Lottery of Marriage (2011), complied the Oxford On-Line Bibliography for Frances Trollope, and published essays on Trollope in Partial Answers and Women's Writing.

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Table of Contents

Chapter I.1
Entrance of the Mississippi
Balize
Chapter II.4
New Orleans
Society
Creoles and Quadroons
Voyage up the Mississippi
Chapter III.10
Company on board the Steam-boat
Scenery of the Mississippi
Crocodiles
Arrival at Memphis
Nashoba
Chapter IV.19
Departure from Memphis
Ohio River
Louisville
Cincinnati
Chapter V.26
Cincinnati
Forest Farm
Mr. Bullock
Chapter VI.32
Servants
Society
Evening Parties
Chapter VII.37
Market
Museum
Picture Gallery
Academy of Fine Arts
Drawing School
Phrenological Society
Miss Wright's Lecture
Chapter VIII.43
Absence of public and private Amusement
Churches and Chapels
Influence of the Clergy
A Revival
Chapter IX.49
Schools
Climate
Water Melons
Fourth of July
Storms
Pigs
Moving Houses
Mr. Flint
Literature
Chapter X.57
Removal to the Country
Walk in the Forest
Equality
Chapter XI.64
Religion
Chapter XII.70
Peasantry, compared to that of England
Early Marriages
Charity
Independence and Equality
Cottage Prayer-meeting
Chapter XIII.78
Theatre
Fine Arts
Delicacy
Shaking Quakers
Big-Bone Lick
Visit of the President
Chapter XIV.86
American Spring
Controversy between Messrs. Owen and Campbell
Public Ball
Separation of the Sexes
American freedom
Execution
Chapter XV.98
Camp-Meeting
Chapter XVI.104
Danger of rural Excursions
Sickness
Chapter XVII.108
Departure from Cincinnati
Society on board the Steam-boat
Arrival at Wheeling
Bel Esprit
Chapter XVIII.114
Departure for the Mountains in the Stage
Scenery of the Alleghany
Haggerstown
Chapter XIX.122
Baltimore
Catholic Cathedral
St. Mary's College
Sermons
Infant School
Chapter XX.129
Voyage to Washington
Capitol
City of Washington
Congress
Indians
Funeral of a Member of Congress
Chapter XXI.142
Stonington
Great Falls of the Potomac
Chapter XXII.145
Small Landed Proprietors
Slavery
Chapter XXIII.153
Fruits and Flowers of Maryland and Virginia
Copper-head Snake
Insects
Elections
Chapter XXIV.158
Journey to Philadelphia
Chesapeak and Delaware Canal
City of Philadelphia
Miss Wright's Lecture
Chapter XXV.162
Washington Square
American Beauty
Gallery of Fine Arts
Antiques
Theatres
Museum
Chapter XXVI.168
Quakers
Presbyterians
Itinerant Methodist Preacher
Market
Influence of Females in Society
Chapter XXVII.177
Return to Stonington
Thunder-storm
Emigrants
Illness
Alexandria
Chapter XXVIII.183
American Cooking
Evening Parties
Dress
Sleighing
Money-getting Habits
Tax-Gatherer's Notice
Indian Summer
Anecdote of the Duke of Saxe-Weimar
Chapter XXIX.192
Literature
Extracts
Fine Arts
Education
Chapter XXX.205
Journey to New York
Delaware River
Stage-coach
City of New York
Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies
Theatres
Public Garden
Churches
Morris Canal
Fashions
Carriages
Chapter XXXI.219
Reception of Captain Basil Hall's Book in the United States
Chapter XXXII.227
Journey to Niagara
Hudson
West Point
Hyde Park
Albany
Yankees
Trenton Falls
Rochester
Genesee Falls
Lockport
Chapter XXXIII.236
Niagara
Arrival at Forsythes
First sight of the Falls
Goat Island
The Rapids
Buffalo
Lake Erie
Canandaigna
Stage-coach Adventures
Chapter XXXIV.249
Return to New York
Conclusion
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    The publisher, Dover, decided to publish this wonderful book in palest grey print. This is very elegant, I suppose, but it is also a recipe for eyestrain. I gave up on page 2 and am looking for a good, bold-printed edition.

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