MarriageThomas Trollope, barrister
VocationMoved to America
VocationPublished Domestic Manners of the Americans
Vocation40 novels (115 volumes) published
A Short Biography of Frances TrollopeRead more...
Susie Ranny and Ashley Overbay
"Frances Trollope’s nature was such that welcomed every ray of sunshine, and diffused it again liberally around her. To her children no holiday was preferable to a tete-a-tete with her” (Trollope, 47), Frances Eleanor Trollope writes of her husband Thomas Adolphus Trollope’s mother, famed novelist and travel writer Frances Milton Trollope. Best known for her unflattering portrayal of young American democracy and “civilization” in Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832), "Fanny” was best recognized in her family for her loving nature, great intelligence, and delightful sense of humor. Ironically, however, Americans of the period found Mrs. Trollope to be every bit as crass as the backward peoples she described. Fanny, for her part, entered America a poor, liberal, enterprising, and hopeful mother, and left the country four years later poorer still, conservative, and downtrodden. Yet Fanny ultimately saved her own family through her caricature of American life and her production of pleasing fiction.