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The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Louis Gates and Hollis Robbins and Karen C. C. Dalton


Overview - Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece.  Read more...

 
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More About The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe; Henry Louis Gates; Hollis Robbins; Karen C. C. Dalton
 
 
 
Overview
Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece. "Uncle Tom's Cabin," first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction has ever done. The editors animate pre-Civil War life with rich insights into the lives of slaves, abolitionists, and the American reading public. Examining the lingering effects of the novel, they provide new insights into emerging race-relation, women's, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of Uncle Tom images up to the present day.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393059465
  • ISBN-10: 0393059464
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: November 2006
  • Page Count: 480
  • Dimensions: 10.24 x 8.84 x 1.59 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds


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A groundbreaker, reconsidered

Almost a full decade before the American Civil War, Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, helped generate the national debate over abolition. The story of Tom, a Kentucky slave who struggles to keep his family together, and the evil he encounters at the hands of white men like plantation owner Simon Legree, the novel initially appeared as a serial in the magazine National Era. Published in book form in 1852, it became one of the top-selling titles in the world in the 19th century.

In recent years Stowe has been blamed for introducing to our culture, however unintentionally, some incredibly durable racial stereotypes—the acquiescent Uncle Tom; the boisterous pickaninny—and the criticism has overshadowed her novel's many merits. Working to restore the book's reputation, author Henry Louis Gates Jr. and scholar Hollis Robbins have collaborated on The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin, which should reaffirm the narrative's place in the American literary canon. Using solid scholarship to provide an affectionate yet balanced evaluation of the work, Gates and Robbins co-wrote the notes and introduction of this lavish new edition. Featuring reproductions of original illustrations, their text is likely to become the final word on Stowe's groundbreaking book.

 
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