Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Further Reading

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Stowe-Day Memorial Library and Margaret Granville Mair. The Papers of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Hartford, Conn.: Stowe-Day Foundation, 1977, 74 p.

Contains an alphabetized list of recipients, chronology, and correspondence.


Adams, John R. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1989, 131 p.

Offers a succinct biography of Stowe.

Boydston, Jeanne, Mary Kelley and Anne Throne Margolis. The Limits of Sisterhood: The Beecher Sisters on Women's Rights and Woman's Sphere. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988, 393 p.

Provides documents and correspondence from the Beecher sisters and offers insight into their roles and relationships.

Hedrick, Joan D. Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994, 544 p.

Provides a contextual overview of Stowe's life.

Knight, Denise D. "Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)." In Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Denise D. Knight, pp. 406-13. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Overview of Stowe's life, her major works and themes, and the critical response to her writing.


Ammons, Elizabeth. Critical Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe, edited by Elizabeth Ammons. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980, 307 p.

Offers a variety of critical perspectives on Stowe's work.

Berkson, Dorothy. "'So We All Became Mothers': Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and the New World of Women's Culture." In Feminism, Utopia, and Narrative, edited by Libby Falk Jones and Sarah Webster Goodwin, pp. 100-15. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1990.

Argues that Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and other early feminist writers believed that the only way to correct the patriarchal system was to put the values of motherhood at the center of the culture.

Boyd, Richard. "Models of Power in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred." Studies in American Fiction 19, no. 1 (spring 1991): 15-30.

Considers how Dred offers hope for an alternative to the system that generated and sustained slavery, suggesting that a proposed model is based on a benevolent matriarchal structure.

Crane, Gregg D. "Dangerous Sentiments: Sympathy, Rights, and Revolution in Stowe's Antislavery Novels." Nineteenth-Century Literature 51, no. 2 (September 1996): 176-204.

Explores Stowe's ideas about natural rights in Dred and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Crozier, Alice C. The Novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969, 235 p.

The first major reassessment of Stowe's novels in the twentieth century.

Crumpacker, Laurie. "Four Novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Androgyny." In American Novelists Revisited: Essays in Feminist Criticism, edited by Fritz Fleischmann, pp. 78-106. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1982.

Examines the evolution of Stowe's thinking in her four major novels, focusing on the author's changing ideas about the role of women.

Donovan, Josephine. "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Feminism." American Transcendental Quarterly 47-48 (summer-fall 1980): 141-57.

Discusses the feminist aspects of Stowe's writing.

Fetterley, Judith. "Only a Story, Not a Romance: Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Pearl of Orr's Island. "In The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers, edited by Joyce W. Warren, pp. 108-25. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1993.

Discusses the composition of The Pearl of Orr's Island and the author's ambivalent attitude toward the work.

Formichella, Annamaria. "Domesticity and Nationalism in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Agnes of Sorrento." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 15, no. 2 (1998): 188-203.

Claims that Agnes Sorrento, which is set in Italy, is a cultural critique of Stowe's own country and patriarchal institutions.

Hedrick, Joan D. "Harriet Beecher Stowe." In Prospects for the Study of American Literature: A Guide for Scholars and Students, edited by Richard Kopley, pp. 112-32. New York: New York University Press, 1997.

Presents a broad overview of Stowe's writings and their critical reception in an attempt to assess the research required in Stowe scholarship.

Hovet, Theodore. "Rummaging Through the Past: The Cultural Work of Nostalgia in Harriet Beecher Stowe's My Wife and I." Colby Quarterly 32, no. 2 (June 1996): 113-24.

Explores issues of cultural and religious nostalgia and mass culture in My Wife and I.

——. "The Power of the Popular: The Subversion of Realism in Harriet Beecher Stowe's My Wife and I." American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 29, no. 2 (winter 1997): 1-13.

Discusses the tension between realism and popular culture—specifically between modern urban life and sentimental romance—in My Wife and I.

Kirkham, E. Bruce. "The Writing of Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Pearl of Orr's Island." Colby Library Quarterly 16, no. 3 (September 1980): 158-65.

Discusses the composition of The Pearl of Orr's Island and what it reveals about Stowe's writing habits and her relationship with publishers.

Lowance, Jr., Mason I., Ellen E. Westbrook, and R. C. De Prospo, eds. The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994, 315 p.

Collection of twelve essays that explores issues of language, rhetoric, narrative, domesticity, sentimentality, race, and slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Newman, Judie. "Stowe's Sunny Memories of Highland Slavery." In Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms 1854-1936, edited by Janet Beer and Bridget Bennett, pp. 28-41. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

Discusses a travel letter by Stowe in which the author is misinformed about the conditions of European laborers.

Noble, Marianne. "The Ecstasies of Sentimental Wounding in Uncle Tom's Cabin." The Yale Journal of Criticism 10, no. 2 (fall 1997): 295-320.

Examines the problems involved with Stowe's use of intersubjectivity at the level of the body for her feminist and abolitionist project.

Robbins, Sarah. "Gendering Gilded Age Periodical Professionalism: Reading Harriet Beecher Stowe's Hearth and Home Prescriptions for Women's Writing." In "The Only Efficient Instrument": American Women Writers and the Periodical, 1837-1916, edited by Aleta Feinsod Cane and Susan Alves, pp. 45-65. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2001.

Discusses the articles written for the domestic women's magazine Hearth and Home and Stowe's advice to aspiring authors.

Ryan, Susan M. "Charity Begins at Home: Stowe's Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship." American Literature 72, no. 4 (December 2000): 751-82.

Argues that Stowe's moral and racial politics should be understood in their historical context.

Sajé, Natasha. "Open Coffins and Sealed Books: The Death of the Coquette in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 15, no. 2 (1998): 158-70.

Explores the role of the coquette and the question of "true womanhood" in Dred.

Smith, Gail K. "Reading with the Other: Hermeneutics and the Politics of Difference in Stowe's Dred." American Literature 69, no. 2 (June 1997): 289-313.

Details Stowe's awareness of the hermeneutic debates of her day and her interest in reading, interpretation, and textual ambiguities.

Sundquist, Eric J. New Essays on Uncle Tom's Cabin, edited by Eric J. Sundquist. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, 208 p.

Includes critical and historical essays on the novel and discussions of Stowe's influence on fellow women writers.

Tompkins, Jane P. "'Sentimental Power': Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History." In The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature, and Theory, edited by Elaine Showalter, pp. 81-104. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.

Offers a discussion of the elements and uses of the sentimental in the novel.

Warhol, Robyn R. "Poetics and Persuasion: Uncle Tom's Cabin as a Realist Novel." Essays in Literature 13, no. 2 (fall 1986): 283-97.

Discusses past assessments of Uncle Tom's Cabin, arguing that the work should be seen as a realist novel, focusing in particular on its so-called "sentimental" narrative strategies.


Additional coverage of Stowe's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 1; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 53; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, 1865-1917; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 1, 12, 42, 74, 189, 239, 243; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied Authors and Novelists; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Exploring Novels; Junior DISCovering Authors; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 2; Literature Resource Center; Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Eds. 1 and 2; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 3, 50, 133; Novels for Students, Vol. 6; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Twayne's United States Authors; World Literature Criticism; Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children.

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