Anthony Trollope: The American Senator

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In 1832, a year after her return from a long stay in the United States, an obscure, fifty-three-year-old Englishwoman named Frances Trollope published Domestic Manners of the Americans, a mordant attack on the boorishness and smugness of England's transatlantic cousins.  The book was an instant best seller and launched Mrs. Trollope on an extremely successful writing career.  But it offended many Americans and even some liberal Englishmen who sympathized with America's democratic experiment.  In 1862, Mrs. Trollope's son Anthony, a successful novelist, published his own travel book about the United States.  Entitled North America, this work was a …

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Nardin, Jane. "The American Senator". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2006
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