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Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Penguin Putnam
"The most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery."
-Alfred Kazin

When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he greeted her as "the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." He was exaggerating only slightly. First published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more than 300,000 copies in its first year and brought home the evils of slavery more dramatically than any abolitionist tract possibly could. With its boldly drawn characters, violent reversals of fortune, and unabashed sentimentality, Stowe's work remains one of the great polemical novels of American literature, a book with the emotional impact of a round of cannon fire.
For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes.
The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Harriet Beecher Stowe: Three Novels, volume number 4 in The Library of America series. That volume also includes The Minister's Wooing and Oldtown Folks.



Authors: Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Statement of Responsibility: Harriet Beecher Stowe ; with an introduction by James M. McPherson ; [notes and chronology, Kathryn Kish Sklar]
Title: Uncle Tom's cabin
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Group, 2010, c1991
Edition: 1st Library of America pbk. classic ed
Characteristics: xx, 529 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Vintage Books/Library of America, 1991
Subject Headings: Uncle Tom (Fictitious character) Fiction Master and servant Fiction African Americans Fiction Fugitive slaves Fiction Plantation life Fiction Southern States Fiction Slavery Fiction Slaves Fiction
Genre/Form: Political fiction
Didactic fiction
Topical Term: Uncle Tom (Fictitious character)
Master and servant
African Americans
Fugitive slaves
Plantation life
Slavery
Slaves
Additional Contributors: McPherson, James M.
Sklar, Kathryn Kish
LCCN: 2010927102
ISBN: 9781598530865
1598530860
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC S
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According to a librarian interviewed for the 1882 New York Times article, "The most remarkable book of fiction of this age is Uncle Tom's Cabin. That is a book that seems to gain rather than lose in popularity. Each successive generation of readers reads it with unabated interest."

Historical Fiction/Primary Source - Originally published in 1852, many historians (and key historical figures at the time, including President Lincoln) consider this book the key anti-slavery work of the time, and one that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. Lexile 1050L.

Historical Fiction - Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold over 300,000 copies in its 1st year and mobilized anti-slavery sentiment on a level previously unseen. President Lincoln considered this title a tipping point in the Abolitionist Debates.


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Kindly old slave that was loved by everyone but his master. Lived a brutal life and eventually died a violent death. Fictional story.

Jul 21, 2014
  • ronrichardson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My thoughts after reading this book and looking into the history of when it was written, and why: I think this piece of fiction change are world for the best in so many different ways; when it was written, and even now in our times.
From opening minds to debating if this piece of fiction could be the truth in the darkest days of slavery in the United States of America.

May 25, 2013
  • youknitmetogether13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am reading this book right now and LOVING it! Beautiful story. I expected it to be boring and full of too many details, as many old books are. But I was pleasantly surprised. This book is still a treasure, in spite of the fact it was written over one hundred years ago.

Nov 15, 2011
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a selection for my book club and I was dismayed because I didn't expect to enjoy it and it was longer than I anticipated. But as is frequently the case, I was wrong. I did enjoy the book and it even made me cry in several spots. It is good to read from a historical perspective and is an excellent story.

Aug 01, 2011
  • snowbird922 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is unsurpassed by anything I have ever read in my life. It would be a dis-service to humanity to have never read this book. There are critics who say Tom's character bred the typical African American yes man. I however applaude his capacity and strenght to see that his soul could never be owned by his slave owner. Beecher-Stowe had a magnificent gift for writing and her words flowed through every fiber of my being. I can honestly say that no piece of literature will ever touch me as this book has. She is one of the greats.

Jul 01, 2011
  • stargazer77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book... on its own, and also in light of the time in which it was written - how controversial and powerful.

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Jun 02, 2011
  • MaryWillsonWWII rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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May 25, 2013
  • youknitmetogether13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

But there, on the bed, lay her slumbering boy, his long curs falling negligently around his unconscious face, his rosy mouth half open, his little fat hands thrown out over the bed-clothes, and a smile spread like a sunbeam over his whole face. "Poor boy! poor fellow!" said Eliza; "they have sold you! but your mother will save you yet!"

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