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Frances Trollope is best known for her novels and travel writing about early nineteenth-century America. She was also known for her outspoken social reform novels, and for her depictions of independent, intelligent, 'vulgar' and manipulative women—often unmarried or widowed—who scheme intellectually-inferior men out of money and into marriage. Frances Trollope was herself known as blunt, intelligent, and witty; her writing reflects these traits, her Tory politics, and her advocacy for slaves, women, and the poor. She often introduced current witticisms and colloquialisms into her prose. Although she began writing only in her early fifties, she published thirty-four novels, six travel books, two long narrative poems, several verse dramas, scripts for home theatricals and many periodical contributions over a span of thirty years. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 March 1779 Frances Milton (later FT) was born at Stapleton near Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
After 19 April 1822 FT wrote her first publicly circulated poem, "Lines Written on the Burial of the Daughter of a Celebrated Author" in memory of Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter Allegra. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 March 1832 FT's controversial best-seller, Domestic Manners of the Americans, was published, bringing her immediate fame and dramatically improving her financial situation. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 10 August 1839 FT's The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy, possibly the first industrial novel, appeared with a date of 1840. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
6 October 1863 FT died at Florence at the age of eighty-three. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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