Fanny

a fiction

By White, Edmund

Publishers Summary:
"In her fifties, Mrs. Frances Trollope became famous overnight for her book attacking the United States. Twenty-five years later, she sharpens her pen for her most controversial work yet - the biography of her old friend, the radical and feminist Fanny Wright. She recalls the 1820s when the young Fanny erupted into the Trollopes' sleepy English cottage like a volcano, her red hair flying, her talk aflame with utopian ideals. Before long, Wright has convinced Frances to follow her to America, a journey of extreme penury, frontier hardships, and the most satisfying sensual romance of Frances Trollope's life." "The biography soon degenerates into a settling of scores and digressions on the misadventures of Mrs. Trollope's own family. By turns noble and petty, comic and tragic, it introduces us to literary lions, battling political theorists, gamblers and escaped slaves, and even the aging General Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. With hallucinatory realism, Mrs. Trollope paints French chateaux, Belgian fogs, Mississippi mud, and the gaudy splendors and cruelties of Haiti. And throughout this narrative, we find love in all its forms - in the family, between races and generations, and within the same sex."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-06000-484-2
Publisher
New York : Ecco/HarperCollins, c2003.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2003

White's latest novel is a well-researched and often wildly funny mock-biography of Fanny Wright, Scots-born American abolitionist and feminist, as "written" by her contemporary, English novelist Trollope. Wright first visited the United States in 1818; a few years later she established Nashoba, an idealistic and ultimately unsuccessful community for freed slaves. An advocate of free love, she generated gossip for a series of affairs and for her public lectures on abolition. Trol...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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