Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

By (author) Harriet Beecher Stowe , Introduction and notes by Dr. Keith Carabine , Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most popular, influential and controversial book written by an American. Stowe's rich, panoramic novel passionately dramatises why the whole of America is implicated in and responsible for the sin of slavery, and resoundingly concludes that only 'repentance, justice and mercy' will prevent the onset of 'the wrath of Almighty God!'.

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 340g
  • 05 Dec 1999
  • Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Herts
  • English
  • 1840224029
  • 9781840224023
  • 5,515

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Librarians will dispute Miss White's contention that `boys and girls no longer read Uncle Tom's Cabin;` what cannot be disputed is the dismay with which they regard it, the difficulty they have in understanding it. To overcome the difficulties and `to heighten the effect,` she has cut references to terms `outside a young reader's knowledge and understanding` which she interprets to mean `vocabulary beyond the ten-to-fourteen level;` she has substituted indirect for direct discourse in some instances to achieve `a change of pace;` she has removed `old fashioned punctuation` (`they don't understand the semicolon at all`); she has eliminated some explanation of characters and description of surroundings, and `unessential religious commentary and interpolation;` she has simplified the opening of the story `with the object of capturing the reader from the start.` All this results in a version which is twenty percent shorter than the original and which is unquestionably easier to read. It is still the story of Uncle Tom (and Eliza and Topsy,) and it still is a moving document, but it is not Mrs. Stowe's book. Hopefully, librarians will have both on their shelves and offer readers an informed choice between the two. (Kirkus Reviews)

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