Engraving of Harriet Beecher Stowe, ca. 1852.
Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.
Boston: J. P. Jewett; Cleveland: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Born in 1811 to a strict Calvinist family in Litchfield, Connecticut,
Harriet Beecher Stowe quickly rose to fame after publishing her most famous
work in 1852. Recently, renewed interest in the sentimental novel, and
in the impact of Stowe’s novels on her contemporaries, has helped
to revitalize the author’s work and to secure its place in the American
Initially, publishers shied away from Stowe’s novel
because of its regional divisiveness; but finally John Jewett, encouraged
by his wife, decided to publish the book. Stowe’s two-volume novel
sold a staggering 10,000 copies in its first week, and 300,000 copies
by the end of its first year.