I am grateful to the editors at Oxford University Press for suggesting and supporting this project, to Ann Morrissey for expert assistance with annotations, and to the following libraries for their assistance: the Boston Public Library, the John Hay Library at Brown University, the Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, the Watkinson Library at Trinity College, Trinity College Library Interlibrary Loan, and Dr. Williams"s Library in London. I thank the President and Trustees of Trinity College for a research leave which allowed me to work on this. For permission to quote from Stowe's unpublished letters I am grateful to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. I thank the Connecticut Historical Society for permission to quote "An Affectionate and Christian Address," and the Library of America for permission to use the text of Uncle Tom's Cabin established for their edition of Stowe's novels. I am particularly grateful to the Northeast Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Group for suggestions on what to include in this reader, and to Jane Nadel-Klein, Margo Perkins, and Barbara Sicherman for reading several versions of my introduction and making helpful criticisms.