Frances Trollope

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Frances Trollope, without a doubt, was the most provocative writer of the early Victorian period. Since then, unfortunately and inappropriately, she has been relegated to a paltry footnote in literary history as simply the mother of Anthony Trollope. However, many of her forty-one books impelled significant social change and greatly influenced the writers who came after her. As several scholars have argued, The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw: or Scenes on the Mississippi (1836) was a major contributing influence on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), the book “that started this great war”, so President Lincoln reportedly said. In Britain shortly after Trollope’s novel a…

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Ayres, Brenda. "Frances Trollope". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2006
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Trollope's works

  1. Domestic Manners of the Americans
  2. Jessie Phillips: A Tale of the Present Day
  3. The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi
  4. The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, The Factory Boy
  5. The Lottery of Marriage
  6. The Vicar of Wrexhill
  7. The Widow Barnaby
  8. The Widow Married; A Sequel to the Widow Barnaby
  9. The Widow Wedded; or The Adventures of the Barnabys in America

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction