The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

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by Harriet Beecher Stowe
     
 

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. redefines Uncle Tom's Cabin with this seminal interpretation of the great American novel.
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

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. redefines Uncle Tom's Cabin with this seminal interpretation of the great American novel.
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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So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!" Some historians still dispute that Abraham Lincoln actually spoke these words to Harriet Beecher Stowe when he met her in 1862, but there is no doubt that the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin did change history. Her 1852 novel galvanized northern opinion against the cruelties of slavery and became a marching cry for its abolition. It also became the bestselling novel of its time. And then it faded into a historical footnote, dismissed by James Baldwin and others as a dehumanizing, racist tract. The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin, edited by noted critic Henry Louis Gates Jr., rescues this literary classic from unjust neglect and ignominy. Extensively illustrated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059465
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2006
Series:
The Annotated Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
669,507
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Ph.D.Cambridge), is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research, Harvard University. He is the author of Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513–2008; Black in Latin America; Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora; Faces of America; Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self; The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Criticism; Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars; Colored People: A Memoir; The Future of Race with Cornel West; Wonders of the African World; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and The Trials of Phillis Wheatley. His is also the writer, producer, and narrator of PBS documentaries Finding Your Roots; Black in Latin America; Faces of America; African American Lives 1 and 2; Looking for Lincoln; America Beyond the Color Line; and Wonders of the African World. He is the editor of African American National Biography with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and The Dictionary of African Biography with Anthony Appiah; Encyclopedia Africana with Anthony Appiah; and The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts, as well as editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com.

Hollis Robbins received a PhD from Princeton University in English literature. She teaches at Millsaps College in Mississippi.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 14, 1811
Date of Death:
July 1, 1896
Place of Birth:
Litchfield, Connecticut
Place of Death:
Hartford, Connecticut
Education:
Homeschooled

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The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exquisite edition of the classic novel. The introduction and annotations are very helpful, and the illustrations are impressive---educational and beautiful.
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