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Uncle Tom's cabin : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Elizabeth Ammons
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1994.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An international bestseller that sold more than 300,000 copies when it first appeared in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin was dismissed by some as abolitionist propaganda; yet Tolstoy deemed it a great work of literature "flowing from love of God and man." Today, however, Harriet Beecher Stowe's stirring indictment of slavery is often confused with garish dramatizations that flourished for decades after the Civil War:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Didactic fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Elizabeth Ammons
ISBN: 0393963039 9780393963038
OCLC Number: 27034896
Description: xviii, 587 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The text of Uncle Tom's cabin --
Background and contexts: Map: the eastern United States in the Antebellum period --
Slave sale announcements --
Runaway slave advertisements --
Life of Josiah Henson / Josiah Henson --
A slave auction described by a slave, 1841 / Solomon Northup --
The trials of girlhood Harriet Jacobs --
Another kidnapping, 1844, The flight of Ellen and William Craft, 1849 / William Wells Brown --
[Letter to the abolitionist Eliza Cabot Follen], From The key to "Uncle Tom's cabin", Uncle Tom, The execution of justice, Appeal to the women of the free states, / Harriet Beecher Stowe --
Uncle Tom and the Anglo-Saxons: romantic racialism in the North / George M. Fredrickson --
Illustration: Tom reading his Bible, Illustration: the poor bleeding heart, Illustration: Emmeline about to be sold to the highest bidder / George Cruikshank --
Anti-Uncle Tom literature / Thomas F. Gossett --
[Tom-shows] / Mary C. Henderson --
Tom-show poster --
Criticism: Review of Uncle Tom's cabin / George Sand --
[About Uncle Tom's cabin] / William G. Allen --
[Review of Uncle Tom's cabin] / Ethiop --
[Review of Uncle Tom's cabin] / George F. Holmes --
[Review of Uncle Tom's cabin] / Anonymous --
[Uncle Tom's cabin a half century later] / Charles Dudley Warner --
Eliza Harris / Frances Ellen Watkins [Harper] --
[Harriet Beecher Stowe and American Women Writers] / Helen Gray Cone --
Harriet Beecher Stowe / Paul Laurence Dunbar --
Reminiscences of the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family / G. Grant Willims --
Everybody's protest novel / James Baldwin --
Sentimental power: Uncle Tom's cabin and the politics of literary history / Jane P. Tompkins --
Uncle Tom's cabin in Frederick Douglass' paper: an analysis of reception / Robert S. Levine --
Changing the letter: the Yokes, the jokes of discourse, or, Mrs. Stowe, Mr. Reed / Hortense J. Spillers --
Fathering and blackface in Uncle Tom's cabin / Christina Zwarg.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: edited by Elizabeth Ammons.

Abstract:

An international bestseller that sold more than 300,000 copies when it first appeared in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin was dismissed by some as abolitionist propaganda; yet Tolstoy deemed it a great work of literature "flowing from love of God and man." Today, however, Harriet Beecher Stowe's stirring indictment of slavery is often confused with garish dramatizations that flourished for decades after the Civil War: productions that relied heavily on melodramatic simplifications of character totally alien to the original. Thus "Uncle Tom" has become a pejorative term for a subservient black, whereas Uncle Tom in the book is a man who, under the most inhumane of circumstances, never loses his human dignity. This edition includes a guide to reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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