Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 340g
  • Herts, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1840224029
  • 9781840224023
  • 38,477

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)
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About Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher-Stowe wurde am 14. Juni 1811 in Litchfield (Connecticut) geboren und starb am 1. Juli 1896 in Hartford (Connecticut). Mit 16 wurde sie Lehrerin in Hartford, 1832 zog die Familie nach Cincinnati, wo Harriet vier Jahre später den Theologieprofessor Calvin Stowe heiratete. 1843 erschien ihr erster Band mit Erzählungen "The Mayflower", 1852 wurde "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Buchform veröffentlicht. Der überwältigende Erfolg des Romans machte Stowe über Nacht zur Vorkämpferin der Abolitionisten. Auf zahlreichen Reisen, die sie mehrfach auch nach Europa führten, setzte sie sich für die Aufhebung der Sklaverei ein.
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174,062 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 32% (55,236)
4 34% (58,577)
3 25% (43,336)
2 7% (12,756)
1 2% (4,157)
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