WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SARA WHEELER 'I never beheld a scene so utterly desolate as this entrance of the Mississippi. Had Dante seen it, he might have drawn images of another Bolgia from its horrors.' Plagued by mounting debts and an impossible husband Fanny Trollope left England for America in 1827 hoping to set her life to rights in America. What followed was nothing but misadventure which she turned into an unforgettable book. Caustic, intrepid and spirited, her account of her travels became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.