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Frances Trollope (1780-1863), Novelist; mother of Anthony Trollope
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Author and mother of the famous novelist Anthony Trollope, travelled to rescue the family fortunes. Her husband succumbed to various speculative schemes, each more disastrous than the last. From 1827-30 she was in America where she tried to open an arcade in Cincinatti, which failed. She visited a friend's project to assist black slaves near Memphis, Tennessee. This, too, collapsed but left Fanny with a deep hatred of slavery. However, she then decided to record her experiences as Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832): 'What I have written will make it evident that I do not like America.' The success her writing allowed the now-widowed Fanny and her many children to live at last in comfort.