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Domestic Manners of the Americans

Frances Trollope
Edited by Elsie B. Michie

May 2014

ISBN: 9780199676873

336 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Domestic Manners of the Americans is an entertaining, witty, and often scathing account of Trollope's travels in America between 1827 and 1832 and her criticisms of American manners, from vulgarity to the treatment of slaves. One of the most influential travel books of the century, it also speaks to political debates on equality in England.

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Domestic Manners of the Americans is an entertaining, witty, and often scathing account of Trollope's travels in America between 1827 and 1832 and her criticisms of American manners, from vulgarity to the treatment of slaves. One of the most influential travel books of the century, it also speaks to political debates on equality in England.

  • A new edition of one of the most influential travel books of the nineteenth century, a witty, satirical, and entertaining dissection of American manners.
  • Combines a travelogue with still shocking descriptions of the treatment of slaves as Trollope anatomizes all levels of society.
  • The edition considers the work's transatlantic success and its political significance at a time of social change in England.
  • Includes a selection of the original illustrations by August Hervieu.
  • Includes a contextualizing chronology, useful notes, and up-to-date bibliography.

About the Author(s)

Frances Trollope

Edited by Elsie B. Michie, Louisiana State University

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.

Reviews

"It's a hugely entertaining and informative read, and the new Oxford World Classics edition has all the extras youd expect from this publisher, including an excellent introduction and notes, and even some of the illustrations from the original 1832 edition. Splendid stuff." - Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books

"Published in 1832, this feisty journal of a three-year spell in America remains delectably hilarious." - Christopher Hirst, Independent

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