Frances Trollope supported her husband and seven children by writing travel books. Over the course of a decade, she visited five countries - the United States, Belgium, Austria, France, and Italy – and produced a book about each of them. Her greatest success was actually her first book, the controversial Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832).
Her scathing criticism of their “domestic manners” scandalized Americans. She concludes, “…of the population generally as seen in town and country, among the rich and poor, in the slave states and in the free states … I do not like them. I do not like their principles, I do not like their manners, and I do not like their opinions.”
Domestic Manners was an instant best seller in New York and London. (Next)