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Betty's Bright Idea - Also, Deacon Pitkin's Farm, and the First Christmas of New England

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Carveth Press (first published 1875)
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Greg Kerestan
Harriet Beecher Stowe is queen of a certain breed of American sentimentalism: classic good versus evil, virtue versus hedonism melodrama. You don't go to her for deep thoughts or surprises, but for a sort of hearty, sentimental verisimilitude. Like comfort food or Hallmark movies, this worldview blends well with Christmas. These three holiday-themed short novels may be simple and emotionally manipulative, but isn't that what Christmas is about?
Cait
Kind of depressing trio of stories. The first had babies dying to give people a sense of pity for suffering, the second had a guy giving up on his dreams of an education, and the third was about the pilgrims and had people dying too!

Obviously designed as religious and moral stories for the season. They show how things have changed over time.

For such a short book, it took quite a while to get through. Nice glimpse into the past but unlikely to read again.
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Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North. It angered and embittered the South. Th ...more

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