Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life
By Joan D. Hedrick
1994, 3rd Printing ~ Oxford University Press, New York
Sewn binding. cloth over boards with stamped lettering on spine. Dustjacket with picture of Stowe. 9.5", 507 pages, photographic illustrations section, notes, select bibliography, index
Includes a copy of a letter from the previous owner to the author of the book.
Good- book in Good- dustjacket. A solid, clean copy. Spine slightly aslant, previous owner's notation inside front. Dustjacket with light wear around the edges and at head and heel of spine.
Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly" is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War."
Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.
The book and the plays it inspired helped popularize a number of stereotypes about black people. These include the affectionate, dark-skinned "mammy"; the "picaninny", stereotype of black children; and the "Uncle Tom", or dutiful long-suffering servant faithful to his white master or mistress. In recent years, the negative associations with UncleTom's Cabin have, to an extent, overshadowed the historical impact of the book as a "vital antislavery tool." ~ credit Wikipedia
"A masterly biography, the best I've read in a great while. Hedrick's understanding of Stowe and her times is so deep, detailed, and assured that she can concentrate on the narrative, putting information and critical sophistication in the service of the story. this makes for good, rich reading - literary biography at its finest." ~ Phyllis Rose, author of "Woman of Letters" A Life of Virginia Wolfe"