Johnston Harriet

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Harriet

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9780027477146: Harriet

A narrative portrait of the life and writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe examines the nineteenth-century era that spawned her work and the dramatic influence of her controversial work, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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By the author of a fine Alcott biography (Louisa May [1991]), a perceptive portrait. Like Suzanne M. Coil (Harriet Beecher Stowe [1993]), Johnston has done her research thoroughly and offers a detailed, balanced account. Johnston's narrative skills, honed in over 60 YA novels, give her an edge; her depiction of Harriet's happy marriage to the scholarly but impractical Calvin Stowe is more credible than Coil's (``despite his hypochondria, his inability to cope with crises or to earn much money,'' Calvin ``had faith in her even when she did not herself [and] admired her mind''); her pivotal passages on the actual writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin are especially dramatic, while the final scenes of the aged widow wandering next door to pluck Sam Clemens's flowers, roots and all, have a touching authenticity. She also does a fine job of setting context and of showing how Harriet's Calvinist roots--particularly as manifested in the powerful Beecher clan--and other influences, radical and traditional, played roles in the development of her ideas and writing. Harriet continues to fascinate as a woman of--and also, in many ways, ahead of--her time, who did whatever she undertook with enormous competence and persistence. A dour jacket portrait does its subject scant justice. Archival photos, etc.; further reading (annotated); index (not seen). (Biography. 11+) -- Copyright 1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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