Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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'So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!' These words, said to have been uttered by Abraham Lincoln, signal the celebrity of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The first American novel to become an international best-seller, Stowe's novel charts the progress from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of American chattel slavery, and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties. At the middle of the nineteenth-century, the names of its characters - Little Eva, Topsy, Uncle Tom - were renowned. A hundred years later, 'Uncle Tom' still had meaning, but, to Blacks everywhere it had become a curse. This edition firmly locates Uncle Tom's Cabin within the context of African-American writing, the issues of race and the role of women. Its appendices include the most important contemporary African-American literary responses to the glorification of Uncle Tom's Christian resignation as well as excerpts from popular slave narratives, quoted by Stowe in her justification of the dramatization of slavery, Key to Uncles Tom's Cabin.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 572 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, map
  • 0192827871
  • 9780192827876
  • 1,643,185

Table of contents

INCLUDES; Introduction; Textual Note; Bibliography; Chronology; Map; Explanatory Notes; Appendicesshow more

Review Text

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)show more

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