Publisher: London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; ODNB; Sabin 18640; Clark, Travels in the Old South, vol. 2, 16.
Condition: Paper a little browned, but supple; a couple of edges worn; one repaired; overall a very good, large copy.
Book ID: 28124
Description8vo, recent tan quarter linen, light brown paper boards and printed paper label, untrimmed.
CommentsFrances Wright (1785-1852), also known as Fanny Wright and later as Frances D’Arusmont, traveled to America in 1818 with the intention of observing and writing about the new democracy. The result is the first work of its kind about America by a woman and a foreshadowing of the works of Frances Trollope, whom she knew, and Harriet Martineau. In 38 letters she writes about New York, the working classes, the style of young women, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Burlington, politics, Washington, D.C., education; and though she expressed an abhorrence for slavery, she was enthusiastic about America in general. She returned to England in 1820 and published this work, which was immensely popular. Wright returned often to America. Among other activities she established an experimental colony for the emancipation of slaves near Memphis, Tennessee, and she was a traveling lecturer, who spoke mostly on the abolition of slavery and rights for women.