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Harriet Beecher Stowe

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"Up to this year I have always felt that I had no particular call to meddle with this subject.... But I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak." Thus did Harriet Beecher Stowe announce her decision to begin work on what would become one of the most influential novels ever written. The subj ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 13th 1994)
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Jun 05, 2011 Kate added it
A solid biography that does a fine job of setting Harriet Beecher Stowe's life and work in context. It left me wanting to read more of Stowe's work (selectively, mind you! Hedrick's commentary gives a good indication of which of Stowe's books are still worth a look and which are not), more about the times, and more about various of the fascinating people who figured in her life (in particular, a couple of her siblings, and a number of the writers with whom she was associated).
Aug 09, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In her advice to troubled and grieving women, Stowe's efforts were repeatedly focused on removing from their shoulders the added burden of feeling that they should not feel the way they did, a burden that was largely the result of Calvinist preaching by male ministers. 'The things I said to you in parting,' she wrote to Martha Wetherill, 'I said hoping perhaps they might have at least some influence in relieving your good heart of a burden which our dear father never meant us to carry--the awfu ...more
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Feb 15, 2013 J L Kruse rated it it was amazing
This Pulitzer Prize winning book is a must have for anyone interested in the Civil War, nineteenth century literature, women's rights, the lifestyle of settling the Western frontier, the influence of the British Aristocracy on American popular culture, and it could very easily be titled "How Harriet Works" (h/t to James Wood).

Harriet Beecher Stowe's life before and after writing "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was rich and intense, full of great pain and great joy, and Hedrick captures it in factual storyt
Jan 02, 2016 Gianna rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was younger, and I loved it very much. The story was inspiring and reminded me of Little House on the Prairie and Caddie Woodlawn. Also, reading about Harriet Beecher taught me how one book--one story--one person can have on the world. Her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was one of the tipping points for the Civil War.
Not an easy read! It was very long, dense, slow read but I discovered that I was drawn to her life and determination to accomplish so much at a time when women had no voice. Connecticut born Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was one of the first women to make a living from her writing despite maintaining her domestic duties. Her big seller, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, was the best-selling novel of the 19th century (selling 3,000 copies the first year, 1852.) Her book is credited ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
American women's history,biography
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1995 pulitzer-biography
May 21, 2008 Robshelton365 rated it really liked it
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Excellent biography.
Jun 18, 2011 Claudia rated it did not like it
Thorough but dry, dry, dry.
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