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Fanny: A Fiction

by Edmund White

Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Fanny: A Fiction

A fictional biography of Fanny Wright written by Anthony Trollope’s mother, another Fanny, so combining the lives of the two women. A complete departure for White, this 19th-century romp around America, Haiti and Europe, with an amazing array of colourful characters, is written beautifully and with much wit.

Fanny: A Fiction Synopsis

In her fifties Fanny Trollope, mother of the novelist Anthony, became famous overnight for her book attacking the United States. Now, twenty-five years later, she sharpens her pen for her most controversial work yet: the biography of her old friend Frances Wright, the Scottish radical and feminist. Back in the 1820s the young Fanny Wright erupted into the Trollopes' sleepy English cottage like a volcano, her talk aflame with utopian ideals. Before long, Wright had convinced the older woman to follow her to America - a journey of extreme penury, frontier hardships and the most satisfying (and surprising) sensual romance of Fanny Trollope's life.

The 'biography soon degenerates into a settling of scores with Fanny Wright and wild digressions on the misadventures of Mrs Trollope's own family.

Fanny: A Fiction Press Reviews

"Bold and brilliant...Instructive, provocative, funny, poignant and timely...Combines such exuberant invention with such informed historical insight" Guardian


"Wonderfully eccentric...Never less than convincing...Brilliant" Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780099285724
Publication date: 04/11/2004
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099285724
Publication date: 4th November 2004
Author: Edmund White
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Edmund White

Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. He teaches at Princeton University. He is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres. 

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