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Her father, one of the most popular evangelical preachers of the pre—Civil War era, was determined to have a role in shaping the culture of the new nation. Her mother, from a cosmopolitan, novel-reading, Episcopalian family, studied painting and executed portraits on ivory.
After bearing nine children, she died when Stowe was five. A precocious child with a quick memory, Stowe stood out even within the remarkable Beecher family. Although she painted throughout her life and left some remarkably accomplished canvases, her true vocation was to paint with words.
Her literary career blossomed. Many of these writings were published in the Western Monthly Magazine and were collected in her first book of fiction, The Mayflower Her profound identification with Christ as a man of sorrows and lover of the lowly helped her through years of poverty, ill health, and domestic difficulty and informed her most famous fiction.
In their eighteen-month-old son, Samuel Charles, died in a cholera epidemic that swept Cincinnati. Serialized in the National Era between 5 June and 1 Aprilthe story had a huge following and sold more thancopies in the United States during the first year after it was published in book form by J.
Drawing on the familiar genre of the slave narrative but casting it in a fiction bristling with regional types and racy slang, Stowe wrote what was recognized at the time as a great American novel.
As the Harrises make their way toward Canada and freedom—Eliza by heroically crossing the ice of the Ohio River with her child, George by impersonating a white man—Tom is sent deeper into slavery. He is purchased by August St.
Clare at the behest of his young daughter, Evangeline Evawho on her deathbed urges her father to free Tom, but St. Clare is killed in a tavern brawl, and Tom is sold again. The story was immediately put on stage, translated into dozens of languages, and embodied in popular culture in the form of songs, toys, and figurines.
The Story of Her Life , p. At the invitation of two Scottish antislavery societies she undertook a tour of the British Isles. As she recounted in Sunny Memories of Foreign Landsshe was met by large crowds, feted at antislavery soirees, showered with money for the cause, and presented with a petition from more than half a million British women urging their American sisters to end slavery.
She used money given her to free slaves, distribute antislavery literature, and support antislavery lectures, but her most powerful antislavery weapon remained her pen. When it passed, opening the possibility of slavery in the new territories, Stowe wrote her second antislavery novel, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp The following year her nineteen-year-old son, Henry Ellis, a freshman at Dartmouth College, died while attempting to swim the Connecticut River.
It was serialized in the Atlantic Monthly, a prestigious new journal Stowe helped to found. During the Civil War as opportunities to make money through authorship multiplied, Stowe was foremost among professional writers.
In she instituted in the Atlantic a monthly column on household topics—rightly gauging the pulse of the nation during the Civil War. Home is the thing we must strike for now. She also bought a home in Mandarin, on the St.
Johns River, becoming one of the first northerners to winter annually in Florida. The weight of these commitments and various domestic difficulties, such as the alcoholism of her son Frederick, who was wounded in the Civil War, delayed work on her third New England novel, Oldtown Folks Stowe herself embraced woman suffrage at this time and briefly entertained the possibility of an alliance with Susan B.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stantonwho tried in to recruit her to write for their paper, the Revolution, and who were calling attention to the sexual double standard by highly publicized public meetings on sexual scandals.
It was a miscalculation. Burned by this incident, Stowe never again attempted direct speech on sexual matters.
She brought her literary career to a close with Poganuc Peoplefictionalized reminiscences of growing up in Litchfield. She died in Hartford. Throughout her career Stowe used literature as her father used his pulpit: Correspondence with her editor, James T.
The standard biographies are Joan D. Hedrick, Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe See also Charles H.Critical essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe: 1.
Critical essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe. by Elizabeth Ammons Print book: English. Boston: G.K. Hall 2. Critical essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe: 2. Critical essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe. by Elizabeth Ammons; Print book: English.
Elizabeth Ammons Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature Director of Graduate Studies. Education Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe (), The Unruly Voice: Essays on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (), Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton ( Elizabeth Ammons's Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: a handful of pieces by Stowe about the inspiration and intended purpose of her novel and ten twentieth-century critical essays on the novel.
Despite its solid contents. Elizabeth Ammons, ed., Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe (), includes key nineteenth-century reviews as well as twentieth-century evaluations.
See also Beecher, Lyman (), Protestant clergyman. And as critics like Elizabeth Ammons and Dorothy Berkson have demonstrated for Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1 her recognition of women and endorsement of feminine piety (New York: CUP, ) ; Dorothy Berkson, "Millennial Politics and the Feminine Fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe," Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe, ed.
Elizabeth. It has been over a decade and half since the publication of the last significant edited anthology on this important American writer, Elizabeth Ammons's Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe (Boston: Hall ), though scholarly studies of Stowe have increased in number and complexity.