Trollope, Frances

BORN 10 Mar 1779, Stapleton (near Bristol) - DIED 6 Oct 1863, Firenze, Toscana
REAL NAME Milton, Frances
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Piazzale Donatello, 38

Frances Trollope married the barrister Thomas Trollope in 1809 when she was thirty years old. They had three sons and often lived in difficult financial circumstances. In 1827 she and her family joined Fanny Wright's Nashoba Commune. When she arrived she was disappointed and immediately moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with her sons. She met the sculptor Hiram Powers and encouraged him to create a series of waxworks of Dante's "Divina Commedia". After she returned to England she turned to writing to support her family. In 1832 she published "The Domestic Manners of The Americans", offending many Americans.

"The Abbess" (1833) was an anti-Catholic novel. Several travel books followed. In 1836 "Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw" was published. It attacked slavery and was the first of her social novels.

She wrote over 100 books during her life. Her last twenty years she spent in Florence, where she died. Her sons Thomas and Anthony both became authors.

• Son: Trollope, Anthony

Related persons
• discovered Powers, Hiram
• was written about by Ternan, Frances Eleanor

4/11/1827Frances Trollope and Frances Wright leave for Nabosha. Nabosha was the commune of Frances Wright in America. Frances Trollope took three of her children (the future author Anthony wasn't among them) and the rest of the family should follow later. The French painter A.J.J. Hervieu (a friend of the Trollopes) also joined them on the ship and on this date they were waved goodbye by Mary Shelley. But Frances Trollope didn't like Nabosha and soon she left the commune. [Shelley, Mary]


The grave of Frances Trollope at the Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Firenze.
Picture by Androom (03 Feb 2011)


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Frances Milton Trollope - Wikipedia

Trotha, Lothar von

Published: 17 Apr 2011
Last update: 13 May 2018