Domestic Manners of the Americans

When Fanny Trollope set sail for America in 1827 with hopes of joining a Utopian community of emancipated slaves, she took with her three of her children and a young French artist, leaving behind her son Anthony, growing debts and a husband going slowly mad from mercury poisoning But what followed was a tragicomedy of illness, scandal and failed business ventures NeverthWhen Fanny Trollope set sail for America in 1827 with hopes of joining a Utopian community of emancipated slaves, she took with her three of her children and a young French artist, leaving behind her son Anthony, growing debts and a husband going slowly mad from mercury poisoning But what followed was a tragicomedy of illness, scandal and failed business ventures Nevertheless, on her return to England Fanny turned her misfortunes into a remarkable book A masterpiece of nineteenth century travel writing, Domestic Manners of the Americans is a vivid and hugely witty satirical account of a nation and was a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic.
Domestic Manners of the Americans When Fanny Trollope set sail for America in with hopes of joining a Utopian community of emancipated slaves she took with her three of her children and a young French artist leaving behind her

  • Title: Domestic Manners of the Americans
  • Author: Frances Trollope Pamela Neville-Singleton
  • ISBN: 9780140435610
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This travel book, by a sharp-eyed Englishwoman who wrote almost two centuries ago, not only shows us a young America which has changed greatly, but also reveals an archetypal American citizen who has changed much less than the country itself.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 communal refuge or commercial enterprise. She quickly abando [...]

    2. Fanny Trollope was Anthony Trollope's mother, an author and intellectual in her own right. This book annoyed half of the US because of her attitudes towards slavery, annoyed the rest of it because of her attitude towards everything else, and judging by the reviews, there are still a lot of Americans really annoyed by this book. I have to read it!Moved to Put To One Side For Now shelf owing to the extremely annoying nature of Fanny Trollope. I tried reading it, not good, tried Librivox, much wors [...]

    3. Frances Trollope was, as Mark Twain put it, "handsomely cursed and reviled by this nation." Yet she did no more than tell the truth as she knew it. Dame Trollope came from England in 1827 to make her fortune by opening a department store on the American frontier. She settled in the booming town of Cincinnatti, Ohio, then with a population of 20,000, where she thought a fortune could easily be made. Failing to see the real needs of the settlers she didn't yet know, she did not make that fortune a [...]

    4. There are times when Frances Trollope seems just too prissy – offended by the easy (over)familiarity of her rough American neighbours. ‘Mohawk, as our little village was called, gave us an excellent opportunity of comparing the peasants of the United States with those of England’ – we are not now accustomed to considering Americans of any age as ‘peasants’. One can imagine the Americans that she met considering her stand-offish and typical of the English from which they had sundered [...]

    5. "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 the eddying waters; this is the mast of a vessel long since wrecked in attempting to cross the bar, and it still stands, a dismal witness of the destruction that has been, and a boding prophet of that which is to come."Domestic Manners of the Americans is a wonderful travel book, that samples the mood [...]

    6. Frances Trollope (mother of the novelist Anthony) ventures from England to Cincinnati in 1829 and spends a few years trying to make her fortune as the proprietor of an emporium (unsuccessful), along the way describing the domestic manners of the Americans.They’re none too good. Lots of spitting. Prudish separation of the sexes, and no sophisticated conversation anywhere. Hogs in the streets. Impossible to keep a reliable servant. And, of course, there’s the problem of slavery: “But it is i [...]

    7. This cheerfully impertinent book is a travel diary of Frances Trollope, mother of the novelist Anthony Trollope, during her travels in the United States in the late 1820s. While tart and condescending, it is also an interesting document about the early republic, filled with descriptions of towns, customs, manners, and politics.Mrs. Trollope had no love for America and its rough, democratic citizens, although she made some shrewd observations. She was repulsed by the institution of slavery, and h [...]

    8. I loved this book. It really gave me an insight into the roots of our culture. And make no mistake: this woman is spot-on. And she's still spot-on.The problem and the thing that makes it a one of a kind gem is that it's told by an Englishwoman. The conceit that makes Trollope ridiculous is the idea that after leaving England, we would automatically want to be just like them. We'd travel in ships for months, fight the natives, make roads, FIGHT THEM OFF etc, and set up another England. And we wou [...]

    9. One of the few, old travel books you always hear of, so when I saw it on the shelf, I bought it. One can see why it upset the Americans of the 1840's. The references to slavery would sure enrage one half the country and the the final chapter would take care of the rest. Excepting, maybe, some New Yorkers. Of course, her views are from one used to England's settled villages and towns and stratified social order and one religion. (Compare her views on established religion with DeTocqueville's obse [...]

    10. This was awfully fun to read. The whole idea of throwing a proper English lady into the western frontier of America in the 1820s is bound to produce something hilarious-- and this delivers. Clever, incisive, observant, sometimes ill-informed, but often prophetic. It doesn't really matter though, because the way she says things is brilliant.I can see why it was so popular on both sides of the Atlantic. Most of her complaints, such as they are, would probably make an American of that era-- maybe a [...]

    11. When this book was published in 1832 it caused an instant storm of controversy.It is a scathing,often witty,yet beautifully written account of the foibles and failings of America as Mrs Fanny Trollope saw theme's from England.Actually,it was praised in Europe!It was "BANNED" in the USA for almost a century.Francis is the mother of the Literary great Anthony Trollope_to many works to name here.:enpedia/wiki/Anthony_.This book is an incisive and perceptive description of the American character in [...]

    12. The first half of this book was great. I loved reading about what life was like for a mom and her kids coming to America in the 1820. The descriptions of everything, the roads, the cooking, the churches, the homes, were great. I couldn't get enough of the book. I was being shown a world I had never imagined.The second half? Not so good. When she decides to leave her home in Ohio and to move back to England, the book becomes bland, unengaging. It's like she's given up on giving us a taste of what [...]

    13. Fanny Trollope came to America in the 1820s and what she found she did not like. She thought many parts of the country were beautiful, but strongly disliked the people. All the spitting, the segregated sexes, the slavery, etc. It was funny to read how “American” people were after just 60 years of being a new country – no accents, loud and fast talking and eating, poor manners, etc. I loved this book! Her description of the Alleghenies Mountains and Niagara Falls were spot on and very inspi [...]

    14. Much better than I thought it would be from the many references to it, yet quite boring from page to page - perhaps one would have suggested to Mrs. Trollope (Anthony's mother)had one been alive then that she not spend a f u l l two years of her visit in Cincinatti. Still, full of good stuff, including a report that even in the sticks, it was well known that Jefferson seduced his slaves, smiled indulgently when his offspring ran away, and was in general the kind of shit that he appears to be in [...]

    15. I like this even more than I thought I would after picking it for its historical value and because the writer was the mother of one of my favorite novelists of all time, Anthony Trollope. I can only imagine what Americans at the time must have thought of this funny book that often maligns their culture and habits! :) I discovered this for free in the Kindle store, where other quirky reads of the nineteenth century can also be acquired without any charge as well.

    16. "I have never seen the bay of Naples, I can therefore make no comparison, but my imagination is incapable of conceiving any thing of the kind more beautiful than the harbour of New York. New york, indeed, appeared to us, even when we saw it by soberer light, a lovely and noble city. situated on an island, which I think it will one day cover, it rises like Venice from the sea and like that fairest of the cities, receives into its lap tributes of all the riches of the world."Thus writes Frances Tr [...]

    17. Mrs. Trollope came to America because her family was facing bankruptcy. Not willing to live within their means, an inheritance being counted on before it was hatched, is snatched away by an uncle who marries late in life and sires a son. Oops, what is Mr. Trollope to do? His aristocratic wife, Frances, travels with her three children, a friend, Fanny Wright, and a painter to America. There in 1827, she is going to restore the family fortune and takes part in a museum but giving guests more of wh [...]

    18. Domestic Manners of the Americans is an 1832 travel book by Frances Trollope, which follows her travels through America and her residence in Cincinnati, at the time still a frontier town. I encountered this book as part of a freshman English composition class at the University of Wisconsin. It was among several works by authors from Europe that we read including De Tocqueville and Martineau.The book created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, as Frances Trollope had a caustic view of the [...]

    19. Fanny Trollope has an amazing, albeit arch and very British, way of describing Americans she meets during her time in the USwhich boils down to -- the women are all religious fanatics and the men spit way too much. Her sentences go on far too long, her use of commas is prodigious, and her view of England as being far superior to America in every way is typical. But mann she get mean and funny in her commentaries. And her description of Cincinnati, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Orle [...]

    20. O, Fanny Trollope. By the end of this book I was tempted to agree with the nineteenth-century American reviewers who suggested your name was particularly fitting to your acid-tongued personality. Fanny Trollope came to America to join a utopian community, which worked out about as well as utopian communities generally do. She took her revenge by writing a pretty long treatise detailing everything wrong with nineteenth-century America. It's arrogant, incredibly Victorian, and strangely addicting. [...]

    21. What a fascinating read. Would love to discuss this book with a group of English and American friends. It would be so easy to write off Mrs Trollope as an old world snob, but Some of her comments still sound familiar. Her observation of the excessive prudery she witnessed in America, religious fanaticism, and insularity are things that Brits still criticise Americans for - rightly or wrongly I don't know, never having been to the US. Her enthusiasm for the beauty of the countryside, the awe-insp [...]

    22. I love Fanny Trollope. She's like a cool aunt everyone wish they'd have. Funny, smart, opinionated, and what I like best, unapologetic. Here's what she says about Buffalo:"Of all the thousand and one towns I saw in America, I think Buffalo is the queerest looking; it is not quite so wild as Lockport, but all the buildings have the appearance of having been run up in a hurry, though every thing has an air of great pretension; there are porticos, columns, domes, and colonnades, but all in wood. Ev [...]

    23. This book is rather good fun for anyone who's been to America and might happen to be, as my boyfriend would put it 'a little wary of the natives'. (Being American, he can get away with saying things in ways that would get those of us not blessed to originate from this country accusations of Trollopising). Anyway, I most definitely enjoyed it, and can't help but think that Fanny Trollope would have been very amusing company. I like her style a lot, and I only wish there'd been even more of the li [...]

    24. 2.5 stars.This would be rated higher if A) I lived near or was going to visit any of the many locations that Mrs. Trollope does, B) I wasn't feeling pressure to read it in time for my bookclub (which I totally didn't do anyway), and C) if I'd read this in a physical format, versus the e-version that I used. It's an interesting snapshot of early-mid 1800's America, stretching from the South, through Ohio and Pennsylvania up into the East Coast. Frances covers seemingly every possible topic that s [...]

    25. Might be more appropriate to say that I liked parts of it. Trollope's descriptions of the natural settings she and her family traveled through are lovely and her frustration with the treatment of Native Americans, African Americans and women resonate with the modern reader. On the other hand, most other discussion is along the lines of the oft-repeated belief that England is the best country in the world for X, Y and Z. While for theaters and cultural life, this certainly would have been true at [...]

    26. I was passed a bunch of hard cover folio society books that belonged to a great Uncle. This was one of them. I enjoyed this book immensely. Whilst somewhat tendentious; if you know that before reading, it won't bother you. The articulate style and beauty of the prose by this seemingly every day upper English class lady is a pleasure to read. The detailed description of life at the times is most illuminating. Given that this was written in the early 1800s it was amazing to see how much Americans [...]

    27. Fanny Trollope, mother of the Victorian novelist, Anthony Trollope, came to America in 1827. She lived for several years in Cincinnati, which was then the hog capital of the nation. She loved America, but loathed Americans. She found them boorish and ignorant. They were ridiculously proud of their form of government and stubbornly insisted, against evidence quite obvious to Mrs. Trollope, that all men were created equal. Mrs. Trollope was quick to point out that this vaunted equality was extende [...]

    28. I came, I saw, I commented.Mrs. Trollope paints a picture of the antebellum United States that is worth the read. Scattered through the pages of her travelogue are many glimpses of our nation's infant attitudes and pride, interspersed with scenes of the stark hypocrisy of our "equality". Sadly, many of the infant attitudes still exist (as though time stood still), and the realization of a properly understood equality remains a pipe dream.

    29. 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 across the United States, unwittingly insulting its hospitable and long-suffering people, have a certain charm. Especially fun to read as a fan of her son Anthony's books, and having recently enjoyed "Life on the Mississippi."

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