Mightier Than the Sword Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

ISBN-10: 0393342352
ISBN-13: 9780393342352
Edition: 2012
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Description: In this wide-ranging, brilliantly researched work, David S. Reynolds traces the factors that made Uncle Tom’s Cabin the most influential novel ever written by an American. Upon its 1852 publication, the novel’s vivid depiction of slavery polarized  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

In this wide-ranging, brilliantly researched work, David S. Reynolds traces the factors that made Uncle Tom’s Cabin the most influential novel ever written by an American. Upon its 1852 publication, the novel’s vivid depiction of slavery polarized its American readership, ultimately widening the rift that led to the Civil War. Reynolds also charts the novel’s afterlife—including its adaptation into plays, films, and consumer goods—revealing its lasting impact on American entertainment, advertising, and race relations.A splendid and subtle history.—Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street JournalConsistently enlightening. . . . Mightier than the Sword deftly explores the social-intellectual context and personal experience out of which Stowe’s novel evolved into a grand entertainment and a titanic engine of change.—Dan Cryer, Boston GlobeReynolds has given us another cultural history of assured mastery, a history that combines deep erudition, lightly worn, with a lively and readable style.—Tim Redman, Dallas Morning News

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.

Introduction
The Gospel According to Stowe
Taming Cultural Beasts
Antislavery Passion
Igniting the War
Tom Everywhere
Tom in Modern Times
Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index

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