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Uncle Tom's Cabin Or Life among the Lowly

ISBN-10: 0199841438
ISBN-13: 9780199841431
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/21/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography; John Brown, Abolitionist; Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville; Mightier Than the Sword: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Battle for America; Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson; Walt Whitman; George Lippard; and Faith in Fiction: The Emergence of Religious Literature in America. Reynolds is the editor or coeditor of seven books, including Whitman's Leaves of Grass: The 150th Anniversary Edition, A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Splendid Edition, and George Lippard's The Quaker City; or, The Monks of Monk Hall. He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

Harriet Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, one of nine children of the distinguished Congregational minister and stern Calvinist, Lyman Beecher. Of her six brothers, five became ministers, one of whom, Henry Ward Beecher, was considered the finest pulpit orator of his day. In 1832 Harriet Beecher went with her family to Cincinnati, Ohio. There she taught in her sister's school and began publishing sketches and stories. In 1836 she married the Reverend Calvin E. Stowe, one of her father's assistants at the Lane Theological Seminary and a strong antislavery advocate. They lived in Cincinnati for 18 years, and six of her children were born there. The Stowes moved to Brunswick, Maine, in 1850, when Calvin Stowe became a professor at Bowdoin College. Long active in abolition causes and knowledgeable about the atrocities of slavery both from her reading and her years in Cincinnati, with its close proximity to the South, Stowe was finally impelled to take action with the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. By her own account, the idea of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) first came to her in a vision while she was sitting in church. Returning home, she sat down and wrote out the scene describing the death of Uncle Tom and was so inspired that she continued to write on scraps of grocer's brown paper after her own supply of writing paper gave out. She then wrote the book's earlier chapters. Serialized first in the National Era (1851--52), an important abolitionist journal with national circulation, Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in book form in March 1852. It was an immediate international bestseller; 10,000 copies were sold in less than a week, 300,000 within a year, and 3 million before the start of the Civil War. Family legend tells of President Abraham Lincoln (see Vol. 3) saying to Stowe when he met her in 1862: "So this is the little lady who made this big war?" Whether he did say it or not, we will never know, since Stowe left no written record of her interview with the president. But he would have been justified in saying it. Certainly, no other single book, apart from the Bible, has ever had any greater social impact on the United States, and for many years its enormous historical interest prevented many from seeing the book's genuine, if not always consistent, literary merit. The fame of the novel has also unfortunately overshadowed the fiction that Stowe wrote about her native New England: The Minister's Wooing (1859), Oldtown Folks (1869), Poganuc People (1878), and The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862), the novel that, according to Sarah Orne Jewett, began the local-color movement in New England. Here Stowe was writing about the world and its people closest and dearest to her, recording their customs, their legends, and their speech. As she said of one of these novels, "It is more to me than a story. It is my resume of the whole spirit and body of New England."

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitmans America: A Cultural Biography , winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Introduction
In Which the Reader is Introduced to a Man of Humanity
The Mother
The Husband and Father
An Evening in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
The Mother's Struggle
Eliza's Escape
In Which it Appears that a Senator is but a Man
The Property is Carried off
In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
Select Incident of Lawful Trade
The Quaker Settlement
Evangeline
Of Tom's New Master, and Various Other Matters
Tom's Mistress and Her Opinions
The Freeman's Defence
Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions
Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions, Continued
Topsy
Kentuck
"The Grass Withereth-the Flower Fadeth"
Henrique
Foreshadowings
The Little Evangelist
Death
"This is the Last of Earth"
Reunion
The Unprotected
The Slave Warehouse
The Middle Passage
Dark Places
Cassy
The Quadroon's Story
The Tokens
Emmeline and Cassy
Liberty
The Victory
The Stratagem
The Martyr
The Young Master
An Authentic Ghost Story
Results
The Liberator
Concluding Remarks

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