Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Story of Her Life

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CHAPTER IX
DELINEATOR OF NEW ENGLAND LIFE AND CHARACTER

MRS. STOWE began her literary career as a delineator of New England life and character. Her first success was "Uncle Lot"; a New England character sketch. She was an artist by nature and would have been impelled to literary expression under any circumstances, and the field in which she would most naturally have exercised her talents was in portraying the people and life of New England. By an accident of her life she was brought in contact with slavery and the Anti-Slavery movement. In this field she achieved her first and greatest triumph. Yet so acute a critic as Mr. Lowell said in reviewing "The Minister's Wooing": "It has always seemed to us that the Anti- Slavery element in the two former novels of Mrs. Stowe stood in the way of the appreciation of her remarkable genius, at least in her own country. . . . Mrs. Stowe seems in her former novels to have sought a form of society alien to her sympathies, and too remote for exact study, or for the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations x
  • Chapter I - How the Child Grew 1
  • Chapter II - On the Threshold 38
  • Chapter III - Teacher and Writer 66
  • Chapter IV - Wife and Mother 95
  • Chapter V - How "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Was Built 124
  • Chapter VI - From Obscurity to Fame 158
  • Chapter VII - Through Smoke of Battle 186
  • Chapter VIII - Life in the South 217
  • Chapter IX - Delineator of New England Life and Character 242
  • Chapter X - The Ebbing Tide 274
  • Index 303
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