Fanny Trollope: A Remarkable Life - Teresa RansomStroud: Alan Sutton, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper faded at the leading edge of both panels, a decent copy otherwise.
2nd (revised) impression, first published 1995. Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Includes: Black & white photographs; List of sources;
From the cover: “No other author of the present day has been so much read, so much admired, and so much abused wrote a contemporary reviewer of Fanny Trollope. Domestic Manners of the Americans, Fanny’s controversial pioneer work, took nineteenth-century sensibilities by storm, and ran to four editions both in the UK and America in its first year when published in 1832. At the age of fifty-three, she became a celebrity, and her subsequent works were immensely popular. Though in recent years her work has been largely overshadowed by that of her son Anthony, today the quality of her work and her importance in contemporary literature is again being recognized.
Born in Bristol in 1779, Fanny Trollope was the daughter of a country parson. She married a barrister in 1809, and produced seven children in eight years, but with her husband in financial trouble she decided to take three of the children to America where living was cheaper. She also hoped to set up her son Henry in business. The bazaar she built was a disaster, and she returned to England on borrowed money, but the book of those years, Domestic Manners of the Americans, was an instant bestseller, and changed her life forever.
Still plagued by financial problems, the family were forced to flee to Belgium, where Fanny became the sole breadwinner, supporting the family by writing, while nursing her husband and Henry, who were both now dying. She wrote until she was seventy-seven, producing forty-one books in twenty-four years. With their accurate and wickedly satirical look at the modes of contemporary Regency and early Victorian life, her books caused outrage among many, but were widely admired by many of the leading writers of the day, among them Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.
This new biography, the result of extensive research in the UK, Europe and Australia, draws on little-known family albums and papers to present a compelling portrayal of a remarkable woman writer. A vivid and engaging life story, it also importantly makes clear the formative influence that Fanny had on her son Anthony’s work.”