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CONTENTS Queer Little People The Hen that Hatched Ducks The Nutcrackers of Nutcracker Lodge The History of Tip-Top Miss Katy-did and Miss Cricket Mother Magpie's Mischief The Squirrels that Lived in a House Hum, the Son of Buz Our Country Neighbors Our Dogs Dogs and Cats Aunt Esther's Rules Aunt Esther's Stories Sir Walter Scott and His Dogs Country Neighbors Again The Diverting History of Little Whiskey Little Pussy Willow The Minister's Watermelons A Dog's Mission Lulu's Pupil The Daisy's First Winter Our Charley and the Stories Told Him Little Captain Trott Christmas; or, The Good Fairy Little Fred, the Canal Boy
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Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American author and abolitionist. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, she was raised in a deeply religious family and educated in a seminary school run by her elder sister. In her adult life, Stowe married biblical scholar and abolitionist Calvin Ellis Stowe, who would later go on to work as Harriet s literary agent, and the two participated in the Underground Railroad by providing temporary refuge for escaped slaves travelling to the American North. Shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War, Stowe published her most famous work, Uncle Tom s Cabin, a stark and sympathetic depiction of the desperate lives of African American slaves. The book went on to see unprecedented sales, and informed American and European attitudes towards abolition. In the years leading up to her death, suffering from dementia or Alzheimer s disease, Stowe is said to have begun re-writing Uncle Tom s Cabin, almost word-for-word, believing that she was writing the original manuscript once again. Stowe died in July 1, 1896 at the age of eighty-five.
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