Harriet Beecher Stowe

Standard Name: Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Birth Name: Harriet Elizabeth Beecher
Married Name: Harriet Elizabeth Stowe
HBS is best known for the highly sentimental and influential anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, although she also authored several other novels, short stories, children's stories, pamphlets, a good deal of journalism, and a biography of Lady Byron (mother of the mathematician and scientist Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace ). Much of her journalism was evangelical in tone. HBS 's reputation peaked with Uncle Tom's Cabin, after which her cultural standing declined.


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Cultural formation Sojourner Truth
Harriet Beecher Stowe called STevidently a full-blooded African. Stowe responded to this idea in part aesthetically, calling her a fine . . . specimen of the torrid zone, rather like a living, breathing impersonation...
Cultural formation Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Biographers have tended to adopt Robert Browning's scornful skepticism of the spiritualist movement, but it was not a fringe phenomenon. EBB was, historian Alex Owen argues, characteristic of those attracted to spiritualism by its deeply...
Dedications Fanny Aikin Kortright
FAK published the governess novel Anne Sherwood: or, The Social Institutions of England. She signed her dedication to Harriet Beecher Stowe with the pseudonym Berkeley-Aikin.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1550 (1857): 881
Kortright, Fanny Aikin. Anne Sherwood. Richard Bentley.
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Dedications Fanny Aikin Kortright
She says that, not being personally known to Beecher Stowe, she has not asked leave for her dedication, but that Stowe 's work for the black slaves suggests she would favour a work written to...
Education Sarah Orne Jewett
She read extensively as a child, and came early to authors as diverse as Jane Austen , George Eliot , Margaret Oliphant , Henry Fielding , Laurence Sterne , Elizabeth Gaskell and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Education Emmeline Pankhurst
EP 's parents encouraged her intellectual development from an early age. Among the important first texts she read were Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress and John BunyanHoly War, and Carlyle 's French Revolution. Her mother...
Education Dora Greenwell
Thereafter, she taught herself, studying philosophy, Latin, German, Italian, French, political economy, and theology.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Dorling, William. Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. James Clarke.
She was very well read and took a particular interest in the writings of Caroline Norton , Felicia Hemans
Education Helen Waddell
HW was, according to her editor Felicitas Corrigan , [s]teeped in the Bible by heredity and upbringing.
Waddell, Helen. “Acknowledgements; Note; Introduction”. Between Two Eternities, edited by Felicitas Corrigan, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, pp. viii - ix, 1.
Her feeling for religion was even stronger than her feeling for literature: when she first, at about...
Education Ketaki Kushari Dyson
As a child in a middle-class Bengali family, KKD was exposed from an early age to several languages, particularly Bengali, English, Sanskrit, German, and French. She learned English at home from her mother , who...
Education Beatrix Potter
Beatrix, educated at home and six years older than her brother, was a solitary child. She had few toys; but she became deeply interested in science, and was also, from an early age, devoted to...
Education Margiad Evans
An important book in Peggy's early childhood was Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter . The delicate little home pictures of that delicious masterpiece spoke to her as potential artist.
Evans, Margiad. A Ray of Darkness. Arthur Barker.
Later favourites included Harriet Beecher Stowe
Education Fanny Fern
As a child FF attended several schools, while her resistance to the piety and obedience expected of young ladies
Walker, Nancy A. Fanny Fern. Twayne.
apparently caused her father some concern. In the final years of her formal education she...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Orne Jewett
Fields and Jewett had many nicknames for each other: SOJ was sometimes Pinny Lawson, or P. L., an amalgam of her family nickname and the surname of the village storyteller Sam Lawson in...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Perkins Gilman
CPG 's father, Frederick Beecher Perkins , descended from the prominent Beecher family and counted abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe among his immediate forebears. Frederick's anxiety about his ability to live up to his family...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte's Beecher aunts provided her with some valuable role models. As grandniece of the celebrated domestic novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe , she was well versed in ideas about nineteenth-century domesticity and was used to the...


May 1819, May 1820: These months were scheduled for the removal...

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May 1819, May 1820

These months were scheduled for the removal of thousands of subsistence farmers and their families from the Highland estates of Lord and Lady Stafford (later the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland ) in the Sutherland...

1852: In the wake of the success of Stowe's Uncle...

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In the wake of the success of Stowe 's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Richard Hildreth 's retitled novelThe White Slave; or, Memoirs of a Fugitive appeared in an English edition with illustrations by Charles Kean

Spring 1852: Samuel Orchart Beeton (later the husband...

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Spring 1852

Samuel Orchart Beeton (later the husband of Isabella Mary Beeton) began publishing the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, which stimulated the spread of home dressmaking.

21 March 1853: The thirty-year-old Matthew Arnold addressed...

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21 March 1853

The thirty-year-old Matthew Arnold addressed to Arthur Hugh Clough a classically misogynist letterabout women writers, their works and their looks.

April 1853: Stage performer Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield,...

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April 1853

Stage performer Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield , an ex-slave from Mississippi and the first Black concert singer to win fame in both the US and Britian, arrived in Liverpool.

9 November 1857: The first issue appeared of the US magazine...

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9 November 1857

The first issue appeared of the US magazineAtlantic Monthly. It set out to provide articles of an abstract and permanent value, while not ignoring the healthy appetite of the mind for entertainment in...

1861: A company in Salem, Massachusetts, issued...

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A company in Salem, Massachusetts, issued what seems to be the earliest version of a game called Authors, whose object was to collect sets of cards bearing the names of writers and the...

1864: Famous Girls who have become Illustrious...

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Famous Girls who have become Illustrious Women: Forming Models for Imitation by the Young Women of England, a very popular book of biographical sketches by John M. Darton , was published.

1868: Mary Abigail Dodge published Woman's Wrongs:...

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Mary Abigail Dodge published Woman's Wrongs: A Counter-Irritant in Boston under the name of Mary Hamilton.


Stowe, Harriet Beecher. A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. John P. Jewett, 1853.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Agnes of Sorrento. Ticknor and Fields, 1862.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Dred. Phillips, Sampson, 1856.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, and Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna. “Introduction”. The Works of Charlotte Elizabeth, Dodd, 1845, p. v - vii.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Lady Byron Vindicated. Fields, Osgood, 1870.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Life and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Editor Fields, Annie, Houghton, Mifflin, 1898.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, and Charles Edward Stowe. Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Houghton Mifflin, 1889.
Balfour, Clara, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Morning Dew Drops; or, The Juvenile Abstainer. W. and F. G. Cash, 1853.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Oldtown Folks. Fields, Osgood, 1869.
Lemon, Mark et al. Slave Life; or, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Webster, 1852.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands. Phillips, Sampson, 1854.
Crowe, Catherine, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Juvenile Uncle Tom’s Cabin. George Routledge, 1853.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. The Minister’s Wooing. Derby and Jackson, 1859.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. The Pearl of Orr’s Island. Ticknor and Fields, 1862.
Tonna, Charlotte Elizabeth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Works of Charlotte Elizabeth. M. W. Dodd, 1844.
Tonna, Charlotte Elizabeth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Works of Charlotte Elizabeth. M. W. Dodd, 1845.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. National Era.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. John P. Jewett, 1852.