Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Trollope, Frances
Birth Name: Frances Milton
Married Name: 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. FT
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.
Houghton, Walter E., and Jean Harris Slingerland, editors. The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900. University of Toronto Press, 1989.
Button, Marilyn D. “Reclaiming Mrs. Frances Trollope: British Abolitionist and Feminist”. College Language Association Journal, No. 1, pp. 69 -86.
Nadel, Ira Bruce, and William E. Fredeman, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 21. Gale Research, 1983.
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His mother, Frances (Milton) Trollope
was a prolific novelist, whose writing became the chief support of her family.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Family and Intimate relationships
The novelists Frances Trollope
and her far more famous son Anthony Trollope
were collateral but not direct ancestors of JT
. She has praised them both warmly in print, perhaps more for their personal qualities...
As so many of FW
's works were addressed to particular occasions, so their later publishing history has tended to reflect the immediate political goals of various socialist or feminist movements at later moments in...
was present at FW
's departure. Frances Trollope
was disappointed by the conditions of the colony and even more so by what she felt had been a misrepresentation of its advantages. Fearing for...
Mary Russell Mitford
She knew most of the literary women of her day, including Felicia Hemans
(who wrote to ask her for an autograph),
L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, editor. The Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford as Recorded in Letters from Her Literary Correspondents. Hurst and Blackett, 1882.
In later years MCH
continued to maintain relations with several significant literary figures. She was once visited by Frances Trollope
, whom she described as A genial, natural woman, not especially refined, but far too...
Eliza Lynn Linton
Eliza Lynn met a number of women authors who were once applauded but later complacently forgotten . . . . as literary fossils.
Linton, Eliza Lynn, and Beatrice Harraden. My Literary Life. Hodder and Stoughton, 1899.
She contended that Women who wrote were then few and far...
In A Diary in America, Frederick Marryat
promoted the stereotype that middle-class Americans adhered to a more strict paradigm of prudishness than their British counterparts, and apparently gave rise to the myth that Victorians...
By 29 August 1846
(a daughter of Frances Trollope
, who died two years later, at thirty-one, of tuberculosis) published Chollerton: a tale of our times, as by a Lady.