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Domestic Manners of the Americans

Frances Milton Trollope

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Next to de Alexis de Tocquville's almost contemporary Democracy in America, Frances Trollope's work may be the most famous (or at least notorious) dissection of manners and morals of the United States. The work was a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, and particularly in America, where Trollope was reviled as representing the worst of old world prejudices the new republic (though the criticism did nothing to hurt sales).Accompanied by a son and two daughters, Trollope lived in the United States from 1827 to 1831, spending most of her time in Cincinnati, where she had hoped, when joined by her husband, to open a large department store, which was also to be a place of entertainment and culture. She was, unfortunately, almost entirely ignorant of business practices, and habitually short of money, which her husband was in no position to make up. After leaving Cincinnati she traveled briefly in the eastern states, before returning to England. There is something of a happy ending; Domestic Manners was her first book, and such a success that she turned to writing, producing in her lifetime over a hundred books, which, though they never made her very rich, were more than sufficient to keep the wolf from the door. She passed on her highly disciplined writing habits to her son Anthony (who had not accompanied her to the new world), who produced forty-seven novels as well as several other works. His views of the United States, thanks in part to its attractive young women, were, of course, more benign; indeed in The Duke's Children, the lovely New Yorker Isabel Boncassen is to become the Duchess of Omnium. It's worth remembering that Frances Trollope's introduction to America was made through what was still something of frontier territory in Ohio, and few historians would argue that refinement and high culture were outstanding features of the Jacksonian era, which she saw first hand. Though some at the time feared that Domestic Manners would lead to a new Anglo-American war, fortunately the critical disputes took plac

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 51m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

37:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

39:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

39:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:20