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Domestic Manners of the Americans (Penguin Classics)
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Fanny spent most of her time in the U.S. in Cincinnati and in her book is very hard on the city and its inhabitants. She especially objected to the pigs' role as garbage collectors. (In those days, pigs roamed the streets freely, like sheep grazing.) Fanny felt most of the people she encountered were loud, dirty, vulgar, and fanatically patriotic. It is her vivid descriptions of the physical conditions and the people that give this book its historical and entertainment value.
While she was living in Cinci, she opened a retail emporium and filled it with rather shoddy merchandise sent from England by her husband. She also attempted to bring culture to the inhabitants. Not surprisingly, both ventures failed.
After Mrs. Trollope returned to England, she supported her family by writing novels that were quite popular at the time, though they haven't become the classics her son's have. She spent her final years living in Italy with another son and his wife.
Unlike her son in later years, Fanny Trollope came to America not as a celebrity but as the most ordinary of economic immigrants. She had some introductions, and a few old friends from England residing here and there, but largely she was on her own, with little money, no marketable job skills, and children to care for.Read more ›
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This is a fascinating story and is rich in description of the time before the Civil War in America. The old and new societies meeting head on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joav19
Honest and brutally honest much to dismay of American then. Mother of Anthony TrollopePublished 13 months ago by email@example.com
Amusing to read, in the light of subsequent history. Mrs T seems to have little understood that the Americans she scorned were exactly what Britain had made them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Demosthenes
There are lots of pages where the print is not legible at all.Published 15 months ago by Teresa de la Torre
Very well written, detailed, and (one is forced to believe) scrupulously fair. Eye opening picture of America in the 1820's. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E.V.Grant
Many know the many books of Anthony trollope. Many do not know that his mother was also an author of many books as well. Most notable being "Domestic. Read morePublished 21 months ago by david johnstone
I'm not at all surprised at Frances Trollope's perception of Americans in the 1820s. Even today I often wonder what happened to a culture that for the most part, has no concept of... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Love To Read