Frances Trollope: The Widow Wedded; or The Adventures of the Barnabys in America (1679 words)


Patricia Ard once wrote that Frances Trollope, as well as Dickens and other British travellers, seemed to be compelled to write about America in such a way as to assert their own superiority, “perhaps to justify a decision not to emigrate, to blame America for the most basic of Europe's problems and to find fault with nature in America – both the landscape and the moral character of the people” (1993). Indeed, Trollope's 1832 Domestic Manners of the Americans, as well as her 1836 The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw, reflect her extremely negative impressions of America when she lived there from 1827-1831; however, her expectations had been to find its democratic experiment a success. Her own …

Citation: Ayres, Brenda. "The Widow Wedded; or The Adventures of the Barnabys in America". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2010 [, accessed 26 November 2020.]

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