Domestic Manners of the Americans (Penguin Classics)

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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. 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.

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Fanny Trollope set sail for America with hopes of joining a Utopian community of emancipated slaves, taking 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. This book describes her misfortunes, and is a satirical account of a nation.

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"Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans was a huge transatlantic sensation when it was first published in 1832. In it, Trollope used the cover of travel narrative to offer a not-always sympathetic portrait of the young United States that was brash, extreme, and more than a little naive. Trollope published Domestic Manners at the age of 53, and it has come to stand for the entirety of her work, but this was far from the case. Thanks to Sara R. Danger's painstaking editorial work in this volume and her insightful observations about transatlantic relations, Jacksonian America, early Victorian England, and Trollope herself, this new edition is a vital contribution that establishes the socio-cultural significance of both a woman and her times."--Brenda Weber

"Scholars, teachers, and students alike rely on Broadview's ability to reframe familiar classics and recover neglected works, and Sara R. Danger upholds this tradition in her edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans. Though Domestic Manners was intended for her British audience 'at home, ' Trollope's unflattering caricatures so riled the American public that her book created a transatlantic publishing phenomenon. This new edition reminds us why Charles Dickens called the book 'one of the great pioneer exercises in transatlantic disparagement, ' and offers readers a feast of Anglophone print culture."--Pamela Corpron Parker

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“Frances Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans was a huge transatlantic sensation when it was first published in 1832. In it, Trollope used the cover of travel narrative to offer a not-always sympathetic portrait of the young United States that was brash, extreme, and more than a little nave. Trollope published Domestic Manners at the age of 53, and it has come to stand for the entirety of her work, but this was far from the case. Thanks to Sara R. Danger’s painstaking editorial work in this volume and her insightful observations about transatlantic relations, Jacksonian America, early Victorian England, and Trollope herself, this new edition is a vital contribution that establishes the socio-cultural significance of both a woman and her times.” — Brenda Weber, Indiana University Bloomington

“Scholars, teachers, and students alike rely on Broadview’s ability to reframe familiar classics and recover neglected works, and Sara R. Danger upholds this tradition in her edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans. Though Domestic Manners was intended for her British audience ‘at home,’ Trollope’s unflattering caricatures so riled the American public that her book created a transatlantic publishing phenomenon. This new edition reminds us why Charles Dickens called the book ‘one of the great pioneer exercises in transatlantic disparagement,’ and offers readers a feast of Anglophone print culture.” — Pamela Corpron Parker, Whitworth University

“Frances Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans was a huge transatlantic sensation when it was first published in 1832. In it, Trollope used the cover of travel narrative to offer a not-always sympathetic portrait of the young United States that was brash, extreme, and more than a little nave. Trollope published Domestic Manners at the age of 53, and it has come to stand for the entirety of her work, but this was far from the case. Thanks to Sara R. Danger’s painstaking editorial work in this volume and her insightful observations about transatlantic relations, Jacksonian America, early Victorian England, and Trollope herself, this new edition is a vital contribution that establishes the socio-cultural significance of both a woman and her times.” — Brenda Weber, Indiana University Bloomington

“Scholars, teachers, and students alike rely on Broadview’s ability to reframe familiar classics and recover neglected works, and Sara R. Danger upholds this tradition in her edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans. Though Domestic Manners was intended for her British audience ‘at home,’ Trollope’s unflattering caricatures so riled the American public that her book created a transatlantic publishing phenomenon. This new edition reminds us why Charles Dickens called the book ‘one of the great pioneer exercises in transatlantic disparagement,’ and offers readers a feast of Anglophone print culture.” — Pamela Corpron Parker, Whitworth University

"Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans was a huge transatlantic sensation when it was first published in 1832. In it, Trollope used the cover of travel narrative to offer a not-always sympathetic portrait of the young United States that was brash, extreme, and more than a little naive. Trollope published Domestic Manners at the age of 53, and it has come to stand for the entirety of her work, but this was far from the case. Thanks to Sara R. Danger's painstaking editorial work in this volume and her insightful observations about transatlantic relations, Jacksonian America, early Victorian England, and Trollope herself, this new edition is a vital contribution that establishes the socio-cultural significance of both a woman and her times." -- Brenda Weber, Indiana University Bloomington

"Scholars, teachers, and students alike rely on Broadview's ability to reframe familiar classics and recover neglected works, and Sara R. Danger upholds this tradition in her edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans. Though Domestic Manners was intended for her British audience 'at home, ' Trollope's unflattering caricatures so riled the American public that her book created a transatlantic publishing phenomenon. This new edition reminds us why Charles Dickens called the book 'one of the great pioneer exercises in transatlantic disparagement, ' and offers readers a feast of Anglophone print culture." -- Pamela Corpron Parker, Whitworth University

"Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans was a huge transatlantic sensation when it was first published in 1832. In it, Trollope used the cover of travel narrative to offer a not-always sympathetic portrait of the young United States that was brash, extreme, and more than a little naive. Trollope published Domestic Manners at the age of 53, and it has come to stand for the entirety of her work, but this was far from the case. Thanks to Sara R. Danger's painstaking editorial work in this volume and her insightful observations about transatlantic relations, Jacksonian America, early Victorian England, and Trollope herself, this new edition is a vital contribution that establishes the socio-cultural significance of both a woman and her times." -- Brenda Weber, Indiana University Bloomington

"Scholars, teachers, and students alike rely on Broadview's ability to reframe familiar classics and recover neglected works, and Sara R. Danger upholds this tradition in her edition of Domestic Manners of the Americans. Though Domestic Manners was intended for her British audience 'at home, ' Trollope's unflattering caricatures so riled the American public that her book created a transatlantic publishing phenomenon. This new edition reminds us why Charles Dickens called the book 'one of the great pioneer exercises in transatlantic disparagement, ' and offers readers a feast of Anglophone print culture." -- Pamela Corpron Parker, Whitworth University

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