The Minister's Wooing

The Minister's Wooing

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by Harriet Beecher Stowe
     
 

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The Minister's Wooing is a historical novel by
Harriet Beecher Stowe. Set in eighteenth-century New England, the novel
satirizes the Calvinism Stowe had grown up with. While it is often compared to
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850), The Minster's
Wooing
takes a different look at the regional history of New

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The Minister's Wooing is a historical novel by
Harriet Beecher Stowe. Set in eighteenth-century New England, the novel
satirizes the Calvinism Stowe had grown up with. While it is often compared to
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850), The Minster's
Wooing
takes a different look at the regional history of New England and
connects with Stowe's earlier anti-slavery novels in that it highlights the
issue of slavery, this time in the north. In contrast to Hawthorne's The
Scarlett Letter
, The Minister's Wooing is a "sentimental romance";
its central plot revolves around getting married. Stowe was intimately familiar
with the historical issues in the novel and many aspects are based on her own
and her older sister Catharine's life. In particular, responding to the untimely
death of two of her children, Stowe addresses the issue of predestination, the
idea that individuals were either "saved" or "damned," and only the elect would
go to heaven. In this novel, Stowe exposes the contradictions inherent in
Calvinism, the religion of her father, the well-known minister Lyman Beecher.
Indeed, Stowe herself later attended Episcopalian services. The Minister's
Wooing
was first serialized in the Atlantic Monthly from December
1858 to December 1859, and then published in book form first in England by Derby
and Johnson, and then in the U.S, to guarantee British royalties.


- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611980653
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/10/2011
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
686,018
File size:
361 KB

Meet the Author

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher of the local Congregational Church. In 1832, the family moved to Cincinnati, where Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary, in 1836. The border town of Cincinnati was alive with abolitionist conflict and there Mrs. Stowe took an active part in community life. She came into contact with fugitive slaves, and learned from friends and from personal visits what life was like for the Negro in the South. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, and that same year Harriet’s sister-in-law urged the author to put her feelings about the evils of slavery into words. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published serially during 1851-52 in The National Era, and in book form in 1852. In one year more than 300,000 copies of the novel were sold. Mrs. Stowe continued to write, publishing eleven other novels and numerous articles before her death at the age of eighty-five in Hartford, Connecticut.

Susan K. Harris is Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Kansas.

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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 Minister's Wooing 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I greatly enjoyed the story which is set in New England shortly after the American Revolution, this digitized version contains many typo errors which make reading difficult. There were some entire passages which were unradable strings of charachters.
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*grabs a pepperoni pizz and heads to the tables*
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We got any pizza lovers?
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Got pepperoni pizza