Agnes of Sorrento

Ticknor and Fields

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Harriet Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, one of nine children of the distinguished Congregational minister and stern Calvinist, Lyman Beecher. Of her six brothers, five became ministers, one of whom, Henry Ward Beecher, was considered the finest pulpit orator of his day. In 1832 Harriet Beecher went with her family to Cincinnati, Ohio. There she taught in her sister's school and began publishing sketches and stories. In 1836 she married the Reverend Calvin E. Stowe, one of her father's assistants at the Lane Theological Seminary and a strong antislavery advocate. They lived in Cincinnati for 18 years, and six of her children were born there. The Stowes moved to Brunswick, Maine, in 1850, when Calvin Stowe became a professor at Bowdoin College. Long active in abolition causes and knowledgeable about the atrocities of slavery both from her reading and her years in Cincinnati, with its close proximity to the South, Stowe was finally impelled to take action with the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. By her own account, the idea of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) first came to her in a vision while she was sitting in church. Returning home, she sat down and wrote out the scene describing the death of Uncle Tom and was so inspired that she continued to write on scraps of grocer's brown paper after her own supply of writing paper gave out. She then wrote the book's earlier chapters. Serialized first in the National Era (1851--52), an important abolitionist journal with national circulation, Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in book form in March 1852. It was an immediate international bestseller; 10,000 copies were sold in less than a week, 300,000 within a year, and 3 million before the start of the Civil War. Family legend tells of President Abraham Lincoln (see Vol. 3) saying to Stowe when he met her in 1862: "So this is the little lady who made this big war?" Whether he did say it or not, we will never know, since Stowe left no written record of her interview with the president. But he would have been justified in saying it. Certainly, no other single book, apart from the Bible, has ever had any greater social impact on the United States, and for many years its enormous historical interest prevented many from seeing the book's genuine, if not always consistent, literary merit. The fame of the novel has also unfortunately overshadowed the fiction that Stowe wrote about her native New England: The Minister's Wooing (1859), Oldtown Folks (1869), Poganuc People (1878), and The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862), the novel that, according to Sarah Orne Jewett, began the local-color movement in New England. Here Stowe was writing about the world and its people closest and dearest to her, recording their customs, their legends, and their speech. As she said of one of these novels, "It is more to me than a story. It is my resume of the whole spirit and body of New England.

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Ticknor and Fields
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Published on
Dec 31, 1862
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Pages
412
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Language
English
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Book 13
Following the 1851 publication of ‘Uncle Tom's Cabin’, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s monumental classic quickly reached an audience of millions across the world.  Stowe’s portrayal of the impact of slavery on African Americans captured the nation's attention, fuelling debates concerning abolition and slavery, whilst arousing opposition in the South and helping to spark the country into Civil War. For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete FICTIONAL works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, with ALL the novels, spiced with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Stowe's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 11 novels, with individual contents tables
* UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is fully illustrated with the first edition’s original artwork by Hammatt Billings
* Includes other anti-slavery novels like DRED, appearing here in full for the first time in digital publishing
* Also includes the rare composite novel that Stowe collaborated on with 11 other authors: SIX OF ONE BY HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER – available nowhere else
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Many rare short story collections appearing here for the first time in digital publishing
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes the biography compiled by Stowe's son - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Features five other biographical works - discover Stowe's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN YOUNG FOLKS’ EDITION
DRED: A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP
THE MINISTER’S WOOING
AGNES OF SORRENTO
THE PEARL OF ORR’S ISLAND
OLDTOWN FOLKS
MY WIFE AND I
PINK AND WHITE TYRANNY
WE AND OUR NEIGHBORS
SIX OF ONE BY HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER
POGANUC PEOPLE: THEIR LOVES AND LIVES

The Short Story Collections
FOUR WAYS OF OBSERVING THE SABBATH AND OTHER RELIGIOUS SKETCHES
UNCLE SAM’S EMANCIPATION; EARTHLY CARE A HEAVENLY DISCIPLINE; AND OTHER SKETCHES
THE MAY FLOWER, AND MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS
OUR CHARLEY AND WHAT TO DO WITH HIM
SOJOURNER TRUTH, THE LIBYAN SIBYL
LITTLE FOXES; OR, THE LITTLE FAILINGS THAT MAR DOMESTIC HAPPINESS
QUEER LITTLE PEOPLE
SAM LAWSON’S OLDTOWN FIRESIDE STORIES
HE’S COMING TOMORROW
BETTY’S BRIGHT IDEA AND OTHER STORIES
THE DAISY’S FIRST WINTER AND OTHER STORIES
A DOG’S MISSION; OR, THE STORY OF THE OLD AVERY HOUSE, AND OTHER STORIES
LITTLE PUSSY WILLOW AND THE MINISTER’S WATERMELONS
NELLY’S HEROICS WITH OTHER HEROIC STORIES
HOUSEHOLD PAPERS AND STORIES
HUM, THE SON OF BUZ AND OTHER STORIES
UNCOLLECTED STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetry
RELIGIOUS POEMS

The Non-Fiction
A KEY TO UNCLE TOM’S CABIN
SUNNY MEMORIES OF FOREIGN LANDS
LADY BYRON VINDICATED
PALMETTO-LEAVES
AMERICAN WOMAN’S HOME: OR, PRINCIPLES OF DOMESTIC SCIENCE
PREFACE TO ‘THE GARIES AND THEIR FRIENDS’ by Frank J. Webb
THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT AND OTHER WORKS
IMMORTALITY: A SERMON

The Criticism
A REVIEW OF UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by A. Woodward

The Biographies
LIFE OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by Charles Edward Stowe
DAYS WITH MRS. STOWE by Annie Fields
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE; JOHN BROWN: THE CONFLICT PRECIPITATED by Newell Dwight Hillis
DAYS WITH MRS. STOWE by Annie Fields
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by Seth Curtis Beach

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