The Resource Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life, Joan D. Hedrick

Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life, Joan D. Hedrick

Label
Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life
Title
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Joan D. Hedrick
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Up to this year I have always felt that I had no particular call to meddle with this subject ... But I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak." Thus did Harriet Beecher Stowe announce her decision to begin work on what would become one of the most influential novels ever written. The subject she had hesitated to "meddle with" was slavery, and the novel, of course, was Uncle Tom's Cabin. Still debated today for its portrayal of African Americans and its unresolved place in the literary canon, Stowe's best-known work was first published in weekly installments from June 5, 1851 to April 1, 1852. It caused such a stir in both the North and South, and even in Great Britain, that when Stowe met President Lincoln in 1862 he is said to have greeted her with the words, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that created this great war!" In this landmark book, the first full-scale biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe in over fifty years, Joan D. Hedrick tells the absorbing story of this gifted, complex, and contradictory woman. Hedrick takes readers into the multi-layered world of nineteenth-century morals and mores, exploring the influence of then-popular ideas of "true womanhood" on Stowe's upbringing as a member of the outspoken Beecher clan, and her eventful life as a writer and shaper of public opinion who was also a mother of seven. It offers a lively record of the flourishing parlor societies that launched and sustained Stowe throughout the 44 years of her career, and the harsh physical realities that governed so many women's lives. The epidemics, high infant mortality, and often disastrous medical practices of the day are portrayed in moving detail, against the backdrop of western expansion, the great social upheaval accompanying the abolitionist movement, and the entry of women into public life. Here are Stowe's public triumphs, both before and after the Civil War, and the private tragedies that included the death of her beloved eighteen month old son, the drowning of another son, and the alcohol and morphine addictions of two of her other children. The daughter, sister, and wife of prominent ministers; Stowe channeled her anguish and her ambition into a socially acceptable anger on behalf of others, transforming her private experience into powerful narratives that moved a nation. Magisterial in its breadth and rich in detail, this definitive portrait explores the full measure of Harriet Beecher Stowe's life and her contribution to American literature. Perceptive and engaging, it illuminates the career of a major writer during the transition of literature from an amateur pastime to a profession, and offers a fascinating look at the pains, pleasures, and accomplishments of women's lives in the last century
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hedrick, Joan D.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2956
LC item number
.H43 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Women and literature
  • Authors, American
  • Abolitionists
  • Abolitionists
  • Authors, American
  • Women and literature
  • Femmes et littérature
  • United States
Label
Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life, Joan D. Hedrick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 474-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New England beginnings : 1811-1816 -- Nutplains : 1811-1816 -- Litchfield : 1816-1824 -- The Hardford Female Seminary : 1824-1827 -- Year of decision : 1827-1828 -- A republic of women : 1829-1832 -- The West : 1832-1833 -- Parlor literature : 1833-1834 -- Courtship and marriage : 1834-1836 -- Free men and free speech : 1834-1837 -- Domestic labor : 1836-1839 -- The nursery and the parlor : 1838-1841 -- A literary woman : 1839-1843 -- Signs of the times : 1843 -- In the tide-mud of the real : 1844-1845 -- The water cure : 1846-1848 -- Crossing the river : 1849-1850 -- A rush of mighty wind : 1850-1851 -- Cato's daughter : 1851-1853 -- Antislavery activist : 1853-1854 -- Andover, Kansas, and Europe : 1854-1857 -- Her father's and her mother's God : 1857-1859 -- The Atlantic and the ship of state : 1859-1864 -- Professional writer : 1863-1867 -- Florida and Oldtown folks : 1867-1869 -- Woman's rights and woman's wrongs : 1869-1872 -- Valedictory : 1870-1896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 507 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195066395
Lccn
93016610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27684144
  • (OCoLC)ocm27684144
Label
Harriet Beecher Stowe : a life, Joan D. Hedrick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 474-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
New England beginnings : 1811-1816 -- Nutplains : 1811-1816 -- Litchfield : 1816-1824 -- The Hardford Female Seminary : 1824-1827 -- Year of decision : 1827-1828 -- A republic of women : 1829-1832 -- The West : 1832-1833 -- Parlor literature : 1833-1834 -- Courtship and marriage : 1834-1836 -- Free men and free speech : 1834-1837 -- Domestic labor : 1836-1839 -- The nursery and the parlor : 1838-1841 -- A literary woman : 1839-1843 -- Signs of the times : 1843 -- In the tide-mud of the real : 1844-1845 -- The water cure : 1846-1848 -- Crossing the river : 1849-1850 -- A rush of mighty wind : 1850-1851 -- Cato's daughter : 1851-1853 -- Antislavery activist : 1853-1854 -- Andover, Kansas, and Europe : 1854-1857 -- Her father's and her mother's God : 1857-1859 -- The Atlantic and the ship of state : 1859-1864 -- Professional writer : 1863-1867 -- Florida and Oldtown folks : 1867-1869 -- Woman's rights and woman's wrongs : 1869-1872 -- Valedictory : 1870-1896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 507 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195066395
Lccn
93016610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27684144
  • (OCoLC)ocm27684144

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