A Fine example of this etching of the Author Frances Trollope drawn by Miss L. Holt and engraved by W. Holl ,with a facsimile signature of Frances Trollope, with the etching having been matted (attached) and ready for framing. Frances Trollope was the mother of the great Victorian Era novelist Anthony Trollope and the wife to Thomas Trollope, Anthony's father, a Barrister whose law practice suffered from Trollope's habit of yelling at his Clients, as well as from his other failings. Ultimately, the father gave up his legal practice and took up farming, an endeavor at which he had not experience whatsoever and at which he also was a miserable failure, leaving the family in great financial distress. In 1827, Frances Trollope relocated to America, living first in Fanny Wright's utopian community in Tennessee and, when that community failed, removing to Cincinnati, a frontier town at the time, to open a Museum and a Bazaar. As Frances Trollope had no experience in that line of work, the enterprise was a miserable failure as well, adding to the family's financial stress. However, after her return to England, the indomitable Mrs. Trollope, having observed the cultural peculiarities of the Americans first-hand, published her debut book, "Domestic Manners of the Americans" (1832), in which she presented a caustic view of the Americans, portraying them as uneducated and lacking in proper manners, and describing America's appalling middle-class egalitarianism and other shortcomings. Acerbic and witty, the book was an instant sensation in England and rescuing the family from the brink of financial ruin and bringing instead prosperity and fame. Of course, the book was not well received in America and of it Mark Twain said "Mrs. Trollope was so handsomely cursed and reviled by this nation [for] telling the truth. she was painting a state of things which did not change at once. . I remember it." Frances Trollope thereafter conducted a highly successful authorial career, producing such works as The Refugee in America (1832), The Abess: A Romance (1833), The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi (1836) -- a powerful anti-slavery novel which preceded Uncle Tom's Cabin by more than 15 years, The Vicar of Wrexhill (1837), The Widow Barnaby (1839), The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy (1839-40 in serial publication and 1840 in book form), and many others. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Etching of Frances Trollope drawn by Miss L....
Publisher: Fisher, Son, & Co.
Publication Date: 1845
Edition: First edition.
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